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Irish Player Ratings: Cullen, Molumby & Westwood Tear It Up In Championship

Irish Player Ratings: Cullen, Molumby & Westwood Tear It Up In Championship

There were some very strong performances from our internationals over the weekend, with three players in particular catching the eye. Josh Cullen, Jayson Molumby, and Keiren Westood were all in fantastic form, staking their claim to be in Mick McCarthy's plan next month.

Aaron Connolly also impressed once again, but it was bad news for Seamus Coleman who has found himself out of the Everton team.

Here's the ratings in full.

Irish Player Ratings

Aaron Connolly played a big role as Brighton secured a 3-2 win over Everton. The forward won the free-kick which led to his side's opener, before winning a controversial penalty late on.

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It was another strong showing from the 19-year old, who earned a 7/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent.

Seamus Coleman didn't feature in that game, and it seems he may now have lost his spot in the team to summer arrival Djibril Sidibe.

John Egan, Enda Stevens, David McGoldrick, and Callum Robinson all started for Sheffield United in their 1-1 draw at West Ham. All four were given 6/10 by the Sheffield Star, with McGoldrick and Robinson both missing golden opportunities to score.

Stevens probably had the biggest impact, assisting the goal and showing intelligence at both ends of the pitch:

Intelligent use of his body and a deft header for Mousset's equaliser and the most professional of fouls you'll ever see to bring down the advancing Haller as he broke away at United's goal.

Jeff Hendrick started Burnley's 4-2 loss at home to Chelsea, getting a 5/10 from the Burnley Express as he struggled to get into the game before being substituted. Robbie Brady came off the bench late on, managing to register two assists despite only being on the pitch for six minutes.

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Newcastle held on for a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves, with Ciaran Clark playing the full 90 minutes. He got a 7/10 from The Chronicle for a strong performance, and he now must be a real contender for the Ireland squad next month.

Matt Doherty started for Wolves, playing in the right of a back three. He would be moved into a more familiar right wing back role for the second half, with his cross leading to the equaliser with 20 minutes to go.

He was given a 6/10 by the Express & Star, who mentioned he should have secured the win for Wolves late on with a glancing header.

James McCarthy came off the bench for Crystal Palace late on as they secured a 2-2 draw at Arsenal.

In the Championship, Keiren Westwood was in stunning form as Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0 with Leeds United. He got an 8/10 from the Sheffield Star, who were hugely impressed with his performance:

Produced a wonderful first-half save to deny the head of Bamford just before half-time. Distribution noticeably good and did well to move things quickly from restarts. Is he the best keeper in the division?

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With Darren Randolph possibly set to miss the Denmark game due to injury, could Westwood now be in prime position to start that one?

Josh Cullen scored a last gasp penalty for Charlton as they secured an impressive 2-2 draw away at league leaders West Brom. He was Charlton's best player once again, getting an 8/10 from News Shopper, who he told after the game that he thrived on the pressure of that late spot kick:

It’s football, they’re the moments you’re in the game for.

I enjoy being under that bit if pressure and it was nice to be able to put it away and make sure we got at least appoint which is what we deserved.

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James Collins came off the bench in Luton Town's 2-1 loss at Birmingham City.

Preston came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Blackburn. Sean Maguire and Alan Browne both started the game, with Browne winning the penalty which led to their second goal. He got a 6.5/10 from Lancs Live, while Maguire got an assist and earned a 6/10.

Derrick Williams started that game for the visitors, being rated a 6/10 by Lancs Live.

Jayson Molumby and Shaun Williams both started Gary Rowetts's first game in charge of Millwall, a 2-0 win over Stoke City. Molumby was especially impressive, with Millwall supporters growing very fond of the on-loan Brighton midfielder.

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Scott Hogan got a rare start for the visitors, but it was a bad afternoon for the striker. He got whipped off at halftime, being rated at only 5/10 by the Stoke Sentinel. James McClean replaced Hogan at the break, also getting a 5/10.

Bristol City could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to to strugglers Wigan, with Callum O'Dowda playing the full 90 minutes. He threatened at times but rarely managed to find a teammate with his crosses, earning a 6/10 from the Bristol Post.

In League One, Ronan Curtis scored an excellent header for Portsmouth as they drew 2-2 with Bristol Rovers.

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