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Sunday 21 December 2014

Northern Ireland v Slovenia player ratings

Lee Camp
Lee Camp - 8
More than deserved the clean sheet on his home debut. A couple of good saves in the first-half were surpassed by an outstanding stop from Dedic in the closing stages
Craig Cathcart (left) - 8
Looked more comfortable in the unaccustomed right-back role last night, than in Serbia. Slovenia got little joy with attacks on the left, with Cathcart impressing as he too made a home debut
Jonny Evans - 8
Kept Slovenia's dangerman Birsa quiet throughout the 90 minutes. Thankfully Evans managed to play on after picking up a calf injury towards the end of the game. Another impressive display
Gareth McAuley - 9
What a week it's been for the Larne man. A goal in Serbia, captain last night and two man-of-the-match performances to boot. Won't be playing at right-back again in a hurry
Stephen Craigan - 8
Returned to the side seamlessly. Adapted superbly to playing alongside McAuley rather than his usual partner Aaron Hughes. Like Jonny Evans he battled on after taking a knock
Corry Evans - 8
Had much more of an impact in the opposition half than when he was forced to defend a lot in Serbia. Played two telling balls into the box, one that was just missed by Chris Brunt
Chris Baird - 8
Northern Ireland's unsung hero. It might not be the prettiest of roles, but he does the job of breaking up the opposition's play superbly and it's one that suits his game perfectly
Sammy Clingan - 8
With Steve Davis absent his passing ability was needed. Sprayed a few balls wide and played one through to Warren Feeney in the first-half. Went very close with a first-half free-kick too
Grant McCann - 7
Didn't relish playing wide when his best games for Northern Ireland have come in central midfield. Was sacrificed for Josh McQuoid as Worthington went on the attack in the second-half
Chris Brunt - 7
His set-piece delivery in the first-half was hugely disappointing. Was a matter of a few inches away from netting a crucial winner late on when he slid in as Corry Evans cross went across goal
Warren Feeney - 8
Took a battering up-front and ended up with four stitches in his head. He never stopped working despite all that and didn't give the Slovenia defence a moment's peace all night
SUBSTITUTES
Josh McQuoid (for McCann, 72mins) - 6
Brought energy to the attack and went close with one shot
Paddy McCourt (for Feeney, 80 mins) - 6
Teased the Slovenians with one particular dribble, but couldn't get a shot in
Liam Boyce (for C Evans, 90mins) - 5
Tried to make an impact, but was too late

Northern Ireland have drawn 0-0 with Slovenia in their Euro 2012 qualifier match at Windsor Park.

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Here, we rate how each Northern Ireland player performed on the night.

































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