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Monday 23 October 2017

Ireland V Poland: Stats and ratings

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (left) and Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (left) and Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

Who was the man of the match and how did the Irish players rate?

MAN OF THE MATCH

Wes Hoolahan was playing on a level above the rest of his Ireland teammates. No reward for his effort.

SHOT OF THE MATCH

Peszko curled it away from Shay Given beautifully for Poland's goal.

SAVE OF THE MATCH

It didn't look like much but Fabianski's save from Wilson's header might just be the one that helps Poland reach France.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Referee Jonas Eriksson clearly believes football is a non-contact sport. Unless you're Polish, awful.

MARTIN O'NEILL WATCH

Went for broke and almost lost the pot. Lucky to escape.

PLAYER RATINGS

SHAY GIVEN

The old Given might have saved from Peszko. Safe as a house otherwise. 6

SEAMUS COLEMAN

Kicked all night by Polish boots but another poor enough game from Coleman. 6

JOHN O' SHEA

Held the line well in defence and even tried to push forward. 7.

MARC WILSON

At fault for the Poland lead goal. Otherwise solid. 6.

ROBBIE BRADY

Fish out of water and won't want to remember Poland's goal. 5

AIDEN McGEADY

Off the pace and off form. Ring rusty and needs games. 5.

JAMES McCARTHY

Anonymous and not the player Everton fans have grown to love. 5.

GLENN WHELAN

Usual shift from Whelan but Ireland lost the midfield battle. 5

WES HOOLAHAN

Inventive and way ahead of his teammates. 7.

ROBBIE KEANE

Hit the post late, a rare chance on the night. 5.

JON WALTERS

Fought hard all night but should have scored with late header. 6

SUBS

JAMES MCCLEAN

Made a big difference when he came on late. Full of fight. 7.

SHANE LONG

Had one thing to do and he did it. Great goal. 7.

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