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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Northern Ireland v Israel - player ratings

Roy Carroll 7 <br />
The experienced keeper looked calm throughout and couldn't be blamed for either goal. Was called into action in 53rd minute, making smart reaction save from Maor Melikson
Roy Carroll 7
The experienced keeper looked calm throughout and couldn't be blamed for either goal. Was called into action in 53rd minute, making smart reaction save from Maor Melikson
Aaron Hughes 6
The Fulham defender has been superb for Northern Ireland over the years, but allowed Lior Refaelov to slip by him for Israel’s opening goal
Gareth McAuley 7
The West Brom defender has become one of Northern Ireland's most important players and that showed again last night. He almost set up a goal with a first half cross
Jonny Evans 6
The Manchester United defender had little trouble dealing with the Israel attack until Lior Refaelov entered the fray late on. Itay Shechter nipped past him to set up the second goal
Competitive debut for the Burnley left-back and the 23-year-old headed a good chance over the bar. Produced some dangerous runs but was booked as his frustration showed
Niall McGinn 6
Provided pace in attack, notably bursting forward 50 yards to set up an opportunity. Also flighted in fine cross in 14th minute, but it came to nothing
Steven Davis 6
At heart of the action. In 19th minute delivered smart pass that Martin Paterson couldn't convert. Almost gave Northern Ireland the lead with a long range effort on the hour mark
Sammy Clingan 6
The Kilmarnock player was perhaps a surprise selection but he put in a solid if unspectacular performance in the centre of the park. His return to the international fray should be welcomed
Chris Brunt 5
Opportunity to star in more central role, but turned in another frustrating performance. Set-pieces often failed to find their target. Late booking rules him out of the next game
Shane Ferguson 6
No doubt that the man currently on loan at Birmingham City has bright future at international level but gained little against the Israel defence and was on the fringes of the game
Martin Patterson 6
This was a big opportunity and, although worked tirelessly, he probably failed to take it, missing a half chance in the 19th minute. Two shouts for penalties turned down
SUBSTITUTES
Joshua Magennis (for Ferguson, 72 mins) 5
Aberdeen man brought on to try and win game but made little impact
Paddy McCourt (for Clingan, 78 mins) 5
Fans’ favourite showed some nice touches. Some will be asking whether he should have been brought on earlier
David Healy 5
Last time out his late goal saved the day, but on this occasion unable to provide magic moment

After Northern Ireland's latest defeat in the World Cup qualifiers, we analyse how each player in the team performed on the night.

 

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