Heres how the Ireland players rated against Sweden tonight

first_imgJonathan Walters: Despite often playing there for Stoke, he looked uncomfortable on the wing, but he still worked hard and contributed significantly to the defensive side of the game. 6James McClean: The one Irish player who demonstrated a constant willingness to take on players. He showed excellent energy down the wing and his discipline typified the Irish side’s maturity. 7 Robbie Keane: Another whose defensive contribution outweighed his effect in attack, despite looking sharp with the ball in the early stages of the game. 6Shane Long: Lead the attack manfully as ever, and did well to win the odd free-kick, though his influence on the game was minimal ultimately. 6Substitutes: None of the three players introduced had much time to make an impact, but Hoolahan looked especially bright in the short time he had on the field. 6Giovanni Trapattoni: Whatever your opinion of Trap is, there’s no denying his tactics proved effective tonight and the majority of his selections were justified. 7LIVE: Sweden v Ireland, World Cup qualifier>We can win in Dublin, insists Sweden boss Hamren> David Forde: Had one or two nervous moments early on, most notably when he came for a cross and missed it, but recovered well and made some decent saves to boot. 7Marc Wilson: Defended impressively and looked comfortable in possession for the most part, despite occasionally lumping it forward all too readily. 7Ciaran Clark: One dodgy clearance to set up Larsson aside, he gave a remarkably assured performance that belied his lack of experience at this level. 7 John O’Shea: Did what he had to do well – an excellent recovery from his error-laden performance against Germany. 7Seamus Coleman: Was lucky not to be punished after conceding possession to Ibrahimovic at one point, but apart from than one moment of uncertainty, his energy and commitment epitomised a gutsy Irish display. 7Paul Green: Gave the ball away cheaply at times, but made up for his occasional errors in possession by showing good positional sense and no shortage of effort without the ball. 7James McCarthy: Consistently showed intelligence and made good decisions on the ball, though his influence faded slightly as the game wore on. 7last_img

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