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Republic of Ireland player ratings against Georgia

Darren Randolph - Enjoyed a slice of luck in the first half when Georgia hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds, but he was powerless to stop either effort and did everything else that was required of him. 6/10

Seamus Coleman - Capped a typically energetic performance with his first international goal. Almost created a second with a brilliant cross and the Republic captain was a constant threat down the right. 8

Shane Duffy - Part of a Republic back-line that may have been fortunate to keep a clean sheet in the first half but nullified the Georgia threat after the break. 6

Ciaran Clark - Had his work cut out in the first half as Georgia threatened on a number of occasions but helped keep the visitors relatively quiet thereafter with a solid showing. 6

Stephen Ward - A willing runner down the left and, like the rest of his team-mates, helped turn things around after half-time. 6

James McCarthy - Played the full 90 minutes - plus seven of stoppage time - on his return after groin surgery and the Everton man showed no ill-effects to provide a boost to club and country. 6

Jeff Hendrick - Made a couple of bursts forward when he had the chance but will be annoyed to have been booked for a touchline challenge that means he will be suspended for the trip to Moldova. 6

Robbie Brady: Neat and tidy on the ball before being carried off on a stretcher late on following a nasty clash of heads, caused as he bravely tried to turn in what could have been a potentially decisive second Republic goal. 6

Jonathan Walters: Had few opportunities to make an impact in the Georgia box save for a first-half overhead kick that went over, but provided invaluable support to his defence when needed and it was his cross that James McClean headed against the crossbar late on. 6

Shane Long. Tried hard and ensured the Georgia defenders did not have a moment's peace but overall a frustrating night for the Southampton man with chances few and far between. Limped off with an apparent ankle problem in stoppage time. 6

James McClean: Looked arguably the biggest goal threat in a game where defences were largely on top and in the second half had a powerful header disallowed for offside, came close with a spectacular effort from distance and then hit the crossbar late on. 7


John O'Shea (for Long, 90) - Sent on to help shore things up at the back in stoppage time. 6

Glenn Whelan (for Brady, 81) - Helped ensure Georgia could not take control of midfield in the closing stages. 6


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