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Player ratings: here’s how we thought the Boys in Green did against Serbia

Martin O’Neill’s side went down 2-1 at Lansdowne Road tonight.

The starting XI.
The starting XI.
Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

David Forde 6 –Did his job when called into action and will be confident of holding onto the number one jersey despite conceding twice.

Seamus Coleman 6 – Caused damage when he got forward and solid early on but arguably at fault for both goals.

Marc Wilson 6 — We know he’s versatile but still unsure of which is his strongest position.

Richard Keogh 6 — Did okay filling in for regular centre-back John O’Shea.

Stephen Ward 6 — Lucky not to be punished when over-casual in the first half but can’t have many complaints.

Aiden McGeady 6 – Relatively quiet from the Everton winger in the first half but came inside to get involved before being taken off.

James McCarthy 7 – His general industrious self and Ireland lost their shape in the middle when he was taken off.

Glenn Whelan 6 – Captain for the night started really well but was bossed out of it in the midfield by Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Co after the break.

James McClean 7 — Started brilliantly on the left and was just as dangerous when he and McGeady switched flanks in the first half.

Wes Hoolahan 8 – Ireland’s most creative player unlocked the Serbian defence on a number of occasions with a series of beautiful passes.

Shane Long 7 – Worked tirelessly up front and got his reward with a well-taken goal to open the scoring. Guilty of wasting two gilt-edged chances to double his, and Ireland’s, tally when twice put clean through by Hoolahan though.

Subs: 

David Meyler 6 – Did his best to put himself about when he came on.

Anthony Pilkington 5 — Had a decent shot on goal.

Ciaran Clark 5 – Slotted in at full-back but wasn’t involved.

Daryl Murphy  5 — Good to see him back in a green shirt after six years.

Jonathan Walters 6 — Worked hard.

Stephen Quinn — Did well.

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