Football

Irish Player Ratings: Blades Contingent Dazzles As Scott Hogan Bags A Brace

Irish Player Ratings: Blades Contingent Dazzles As Scott Hogan Bags A Brace

It was a decent weekend for our internationals across the water, with a number of strong performances.

Our Sheffield United quartet all put in a strong showing as they grabbed their first Premier League win, while James McCarthy also made a welcome return to first team action. In the Championship, Scott Hogan opened his account for Stoke City.

Here's the ratings in full.

Irish Player Ratings

Shane Duffy was deployed in an unfamiliar position on Saturday, playing on the right of a back three as Brighton drew 1-1 at home to West Ham. It wasn't his best performance either as his slip allowed the visitors in for their goal, with the Brighton & Hove Independent giving him a 6/10.

Seamus Coleman put in a strong performance to keep Watford at bay, earning a 7/10 rating from the Liverpool Echo in the process. He even had a stint at left back late in the game, coping well with the position switch.

Five Irish players featured in the clash between Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, a game in which the Yorkshire side would run out 1-0 winners. Enda Stevens, John Egan, Callum Robinson, and David McGoldrick all started for The Blades once again in that one.

Advertisement

Robinson limped off with an apparent hamstring injury, but took to social media later in the day to say it was nothing serious. He was given 7/10 by The Star, and has impressed on his first two games in the Premier League.

Stevens, McGoldrick and Egan were all rated at 8/10, with one particular piece of skill from Egan really catching the eye.

Never stopped running all game and one moment of skill, with a superb pirouette to take him away from his marker, was a particular highlight. Looked a threat all game alongside Baldock.

James McCarthy came off the bench for Palace in the second half, and we would expect to see him get plenty more game time in the coming weeks.

Advertisement

It may have only been in the U23 squad, but Troy Parrott bagged two for Spurs over the weekend. His second against Manchester City came from the penalty spot, but his opener was an absolute screamer.

In the Championship, Harry Arter continued his impressive form in the Fulham midfield as they overcame Huddersfield 2-1.

It was a poor result for Birmingham City at the weekend, losing 3-0 at Nottingham Forest. Dan Crowley struggled on the day, getting a 5/10 from the Birmingham Mail.

Shaun Williams and Aiden O'Brien both started in Millwall's 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, with the players rated at 6/10 and 6.5/10 respectively on newsatden.co.uk.

Advertisement

Ryan Manning lined out at left back for QPR in their 2-0 loss at Bristol City.

There were three Irishmen in the Blackburn defence as they beat Middlesbrough, with Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams and Greg Cunningham all starting. Lenihan and Cunningham both played incredibly well, earning 8/10 marks from the Lancs Live.

Darren Randolph started the game for the visitors, making a couple of decent saves despite the loss and getting a 6/10 from the Hartlepool Mail.

Scott Hogan opened his account for Stoke at the weekend, bagging a brace as they drew 2-2 with Burnley. There was more than a hint of fortune about the first, but the second was taken very well.

He was given an 8/10 by the Stoke Sentinel, who were impressed with his finishing ability. James McClean started that game at left back and earned a 7/10 mark, while Nathan Collins played 10 minutes off the bench.

James Collins played the full 90 minutes in Luton's 2-1 loss at home to West Brom.

Josh Cullen has returned to Charlton for another loan spell, and impressed in their 2-2 draw with Barnsley. He was given a 7/10 by News Hopper for a decent showing in the centre of midfield.

Preston fell to a 3-2 defeat away at Swansea, with Sean Maguire starting wide on the left. He was rated at 7/10 by the Lancashire Evening Post, who mentioned that he is far more effective when operating from the left in comparison to through the middle. Alan Browne was confined to substitute appearance in that one.

SEE ALSO: Here's The New Premier League Rule Which Meant Jesus' Goal Had To Be Ruled Out

Gary Connaughton

You may also like