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Irish Player Ratings: Stevens & Robinson Tear It Up At Stamford Bridge

Irish Player Ratings: Stevens & Robinson Tear It Up At Stamford Bridge

It was a massive week for Callum Robinson and Enda Stevens, as they combined to devastating effect in Sheffield United's unlikely draw at Chelsea. Elsewhere, Jason Knight continued in the Derby team.

However, it was bard news for Shane Duffy who found himself out of the Ireland team. Here's the ratings in full:

Irish Player Ratings

Conor Hourihane came of the bench for the final 20 minutes in Aston Villa's loss at Crystal Palace.

Enda Stevens and Callum Robinson were both in stunning form as Sheffield United staged an unlikely comeback to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge. Robinson scored one and made another, while Stevens added an assist to what was a super display.

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Both players were rated at 9/10 by The Star, who this to say about the defender's performance:

Set up Robinson's goal with a superb run down the left, less than a minute into the second half, and dealt well with very lively Pulisic down Chelsea's right. Belongs at this level.

John Egan was rated at 7/10 in that one, while David McGoldrick came off the bench for the final half an hour and made a big impact.

Aaron Connolly made his Premier League debut for Brighton, playing 25 minutes off the bench in the 4-0 loss at Manchester City. While this is massively encouraging for Ireland fans, the fact that Shane Duffy was dropped from the starting lineup is a bit of a blow.

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Seamus Coleman started Everton's 3-2 win over Wolves yesterday and he struggled despite the win for his side. His mistake at the back post allowed Wolves in for their opener, with the Liverpool Echo mentioning that his defensive display was a concern (6/10).

In the Championship, Harry Arter was sent off after receiving two yellow cards, the second of which was for simulation. Take a look at this:

After becoming a bit part player so far this season, Callum O'Dowda came off the bench to grab an assist for Bristol City in the 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough. Darren Randolph made a couple of great saves in that game and earned a 7/10 rating from the Hartlepool Mail.

Ryan Manning continued his run at left back in the QPR team, grabbing an assist in the draw with Sheffield United. West London Sport were thoroughly impressed with his performance, giving him an 8/10.

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James McClean returned to his more natural position on the left of the Stoke midfield in the loss at Birmingham City, getting a 6/10 from the Stoke Sentinel. Scott Hogan made an appearance off the bench.

While he was called up to the Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 Qualifier Switzerland yesterday, James Collins scored another goal for Luton at the weekend. He was named given 8.5/10 and named man-of-the-match by Luton Today, who had this to say about his performance:

Unbelievable work-rate from the striker, as he ran himself into the ground yet again. Paid off as he won the penalty and then clinically converted it. Late on, he was always tracking back to halt any Terriers attacks.

Josh Cullen played the full 90 minutes for Charlton as they secured an impressive 2-0 win at Reading.

Aiden O'Brien came off the bench as Millwall drew 1-1 with Hull City.

Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams and Greg Cunningham all started for Blackburn in their 3-2 loss at West Brom. Williams was the best of the bunch with a 7/10 from Lancs Live, while Lenihan and Cunnigham were both rated at 5/10.

With Sean Maguire ruled out through injury, Alan Browne was flying the Irish flag at Preston at the weekend. He was playing in an unfamiliar position at right back in the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest, getting a 7/10 from the Lancashire Evening Post for a decent shift out of position.

18-year old Jason Knight made his second consecutive league start for Derby County. While his first appearance saw him earn man-of-the-match, this was a less successful outing with Derby losing 3-0 to Brentford. Both he and Richard Keogh were given 6/10 by the Derby Telegraph.

SEE ALSO: Three Call Ups To Ireland Squad But Still No Spot For Shane Long

Gary Connaughton

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