Wales 4 Ireland 1: Ireland player ratings
Ruaidhrí Croke runs the rule over Martin O’Neill’s men after a disappointing night
Ireland’s Cyrus Christie, Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy and Enda Stevens leave the pitch dejected after their 4-1 loss to Wales. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho
Couldn’t really do much about any of the four impressive goals he conceded but it will still be a night he won’t want to remember. A good save from a Tyler Roberts shot near the end was a positive.
Seamus Coleman (capt)
Impressive on his return to competitive international action. Created a good first half opportunity for Robinson with a typically strong run forward but struggled, like the whole Irish defence did, with the pace of Wales’ attack.
Never got a chance to make the most of his aerial threat in the Welsh box due to poor set pieces deliveries. Made a few good clearances in the second half to stop the scoreline getting worse.
Ball-watching led to him losing Tom Lawrence for the opening goal and from there it only got worse. Whole defence was at sixes and sevens for the duration of a miserable night.
Was caught a bit out of position for Wales’ third goal and his 50th cap won’t be one he wants to remember. A bad night capped off by a knee injury which could be damaging to his club ambitions.
Got forward well and delivered some decent crosses in the first half but faded in the second half after being run ragged by the Welsh attack.
Had his pass intercepted which led to Gareth Bale’s goal in the first half and delivered a few poor crosses from set pieces. Overall quite disappointing.
Barely featured at all in the first half, partly due to fact Ireland didn’t do much attacking and was largely anonymous for the whole game.
Wasn’t afraid to get on the ball and had half a chance to grab a debut goal in the first half but shot over the bar. In a poor Irish side he was one of the brighter sparks.
Invisible for much of the game and didn’t get on the ball enough to show the playmaking skills he posseses. Won’t have done much to push for a regular place in Martin O’Neill’s team.
Had his pocket picked for Wales’ third goal due to a bad first touch and spent most of the game chasing loose balls forward which he was never going to be able to do anything with.
Shaun Williams was definitely the highlight and his hard work was rewarded when he robbed Aaron Ramsey of the ball and knocked a sumptuous chip over Wayne Hennessey for Ireland’s consolation.
Martin O’Neill (manager)
Tactics were very much exposed by a fast-attacking Wales side but he must be afforded some dispensation for the fact that he was working with such a depleted squad. All in all a humiliating night for everyone involved with Ireland.