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Irish Player Ratings: Matt Doherty In The Form Of His Life Ahead Of Play-Offs

Irish Player Ratings: Matt Doherty In The Form Of His Life Ahead Of Play-Offs

This may not come as a shock to you, but it turns out that Matt Doherty is quite a good footballer. The Wolves man got a goal and as assist in the win over Spurs at the weekend, continuing a remarkable run of form.

Elsewhere, Michael Obafemi, Jason Knight, Scott Hogan, and James Collins were all amongst the goals, while Troy Parrott made his second Premier League appearance for Spurs.

It wasn't all good news, however. Seamus Coleman was forced off due to injury in Everton's draw with Manchester United, casting doubt over his participation in the upcoming Euro 2020 play-offs.

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James McCarthy started Crystal Palace's 1-0 win at Brighton, but the midfielder was withdrawn at halftime due to a tight hamstring. Fortunately, Roy Hodgson said the ailment does not look all that serious.

Newcastle and Burnley played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon, with Jeff Hendrick playing the full 90 minutes for the home side. He worked hard out on the right flank even if he did not have a big impact going forward, getting a 6/10 from the Burnley Express.

Southampton's Michael Obafemi scored a cracker at West Ham, but it was not enough to stop his side falling to a 3-1 defeat.

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(The goal will play automatically when you click the video below.)

Despite the goal, he only earned a 5/10 rating from Saints Marching, the same mark as teammate Shane Long.

Mick McCarthy would have been very worried by one aspect of the Everton vs Manchester United game, with Seamus Coleman being forced off due to injury before the half hour mark. It was a quad injury, with the player now a doubt for Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia later this month.

Matt Doherty continued his terrific run of form as Wolves secured a dramatic 3-2 win over Spurs in London, registering a goal and an assist.

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It was yet another fantastic performance for the defender, who has been on a real tear as of late.

He was rated at 9/10 by the Express & Star who were massively impressed with his showing:

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Another goal, and an assist, for Doherty. Being an Arsenal fan, coming up with the goods going forward will have been especially pleasing for the Irishman.

Stepped up his game in recent weeks and played a huge part in this excellent triumph for Nuno's men.

Troy Parrott came off the bench late on in that game, making his second Premier League appearance. Despite bringing him on, manager Jose Mourinho continued to say that the player simply wasn't ready for first team football:

He’s not ready. He’s not ready. He’s a good kid we want to help, not only on the pitch but off it. He’s a kid who’s going to have real opportunity but when we decide it’s right.

He was on the bench because Lamela said he was not ready to go on it. He was on the bench so for the past five minutes we brought him on to give some more space for Dele.

In the Championship, Jason Knight scored his fourth league goal of the season with a smart finish in Derby's 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

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He was rated at 7/10 by the Derby Telegraph.

James Collins scored a late equaliser for Luton Town in their 1-1 draw with Stoke, his 11th goal of the season.

Having made very little impact for Stoke during the first half of the season, Scott Hogan has burst into life since his move to Birmingham City in January. He netted a brace in the draw at QPR, taking his tally for the club to six goals in seven appearances.

He was given an 8.5/10 by the Birmingham Mail for a man-of-the-match display. Having been on the periphery up to this point, Hogan now looks certain to be on the plane to Slovakia.

Ryan Manning started at left back for the home side, with Conor Masterson at centre back. Both players were rated at 6/10 by West London Sport, who mentioned that Masterson was badly caught out for Hogan's opening goal.

Alan Browne and Sean Maguire both started Preston's disappointing 2-0 loss at Fulham. Browne, who was captain on the day, was given 7/10 by the Lancashire Evening Post for his performance in the holding midfield role, while Maguire was rated at 6/10. Cyrus Christie came off the bench for the home side.

Millwall and Bristol City played out a 1-1 draw at The Den, with Jayson Molumby and Callum O'Dowda both starting for their respective sides. Molumby was rated at 6/10 by New Shopper, while O'Dowda was also handed a 6/10 by the Bristol Post.

Aiden McGeady an Josh Cullen were both in the Charlton team for the trip to Huddersfield, a game which ended in a heavy 4-0 defeat. Cullen was given a 5/10 by New Shopper, with McGeady earning a 4/10.

SEE ALSO: Jose Mourinho's Man Management Of Troy Parrott Continues To Raise Eyebrows

Gary Connaughton

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