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Republic player ratings v Serbia

DARREN RANDOLPH: Given no chance for the goal and produced a fine first-half save to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic. 6

CYRUS CHRISTIE: Fought hard to give Ireland an outlet down the right, but had his work cut out with Filip Kostic. 6

SHANE DUFFY: Saw an early header correctly ruled out and once again turned in a defiant display at the back. 7

CIARAN CLARK: Similarly robust in defence, but escaped with a first-half slip which might have allowed Dusan Tadic in. 6

STEPHEN WARD: Much more solid than he had been in Georgia on Saturday. 6

DAVID MEYLER: Recovered from a shaky start to turn in a combative performance. 7

ROBBIE BRADY: Saw plenty of the ball and used it well at times, but wasted several set-pieces with poor delivery and picked up his fourth yellow card of the campaign. 6

JONATHAN WALTERS: Battled manfully to support Shane Long, but found chances few and far between. 6

WES HOOLAHAN: Provided the inspiration so sadly lacking in Georgia, as he has done so often in the past, and was greeted by rapturous applause as he left the pitch. 8

JAMES McCLEAN: Tireless in his efforts to close down Serbia and give his side a forward thrust, but like Brady, collected a booking which will keep him out of the Moldova game. 7

SHANE LONG: Revelled in the improved support he received from his team-mates, but the victim of some questionable challenges by the Serbia defence. 7


DARYL MURPHY (for Hoolahan, 62 mins): In the thick of the action to prompt Nikola Maksimovic's red card challenge and might have won a penalty. 7

CALLUM O'DOWDA (Ward, 72 mins): Provided the cross which led to Murphy's penalty appeal in a eye-catching cameo. 7

CONOR HOURIHANE (Meyler, 80 mins): Had little time to make is mark during in a frenetic conclusion. 6


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