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Northern Ireland player ratings against Belarus

Paddy McNair celebrates his first Northern Ireland goal (Steven Paston/PA)
Paddy McNair celebrates his first Northern Ireland goal (Steven Paston/PA)

RATINGS BY Steven Beacom

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

7

An onlooker for long periods, he showed excellent focus making a fine second half save. Confident throughout and delighted with the clean sheet.

Michael Smith

6

Given the nod again at right-back and tried to get forward as much as possible in a steady outing. Smashed a volley wide late on.

Jamal Lewis

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6

Loves racing forward from left-back. Such an asset for Northern Ireland and a young player sure to improve as the years go by.

Jonny Evans

7

The partnership between Evans and Cathcart is wonderful for NI. Once again showed his class in a commanding display. Booked.

Craig Cathcart

7

Watford centre-back had fantastic campaign at club level and continues to deliver alongside his pal Evans for NI. Composed performance.

Corry Evans

6

Michael O'Neill has faith in the Blackburn midfielder to put in a shift and he did just that. Industrious as always in midfield.

Steven Davis

6

Winning his 111th cap and his 60th as captain, Davis prompted and probed all night from midfield and kept moving the team forward.

Paddy McNair

8

Outstanding. The Ballyclare man was magnificent in midfield and came up with the vital winning goal late in the fray. A match to savour.

Jordan Jones

7

Started on the left wing and consistently beat his marker. Super display from Jones who played a key role in the winning goal for McNair.

Conor Washington

7

Merited his place after the weekend heroics and was lively again. Struck just wide and tested the Belarus goalkeeper.

Josh Magennis

6

Deserved start for the Bolton man. Worked hard on the right but didn't have the same impact as when he was a supersub against Estonia.

 

Substitutes

Stuart Dallas (for Magennis 56): Typical never-say-die attitude. Booked. 6

 

Kyle Lafferty (for Washington 72): A real nuisance for the Belarus defence. 7

 

George Saville (for C Evans 70): Went close after coming on. 6

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