State of Play: IRELAND 3 ANDORRA 1

Póg Mo Goal’s no-holds-barred player ratings after Ireland’s second game of the campaign.

Shay Given – couldn’t do much for their goal; would Joe Hart have saved that? At times it was more enjoyable watching Shay running through his warm up techniques during the match than watching this turgid game itself. Shay seems to have built up quite the repertoire and at times I had to remind myself that I wasn’t at the circus. He’s a top top goalkeeper. Let’s hope Joe Hart breaks his leg.

John O’Shea – solid and distributed well as always

St Ledger – does seem to be improving, you just feel that he has yet to be really tested at this level and hopefully playing weekly with a top championship side and a decent manager will help bring him on

McGeady – needs to inject angel dust into his legs, had one of his better games for Ireland, setting up Keane’s goal, but he is a wimp.

Dunne – should have stepped up quicker for the Andorra goal but in fairness it was a rasper and these things happen. Dunne didn’t need to get booked against Andorra.

Kevin Kilbane – worked tirelessly and took his goal well, didnt look out of place at this level but then again neither would I against Andorra

Liam Lawrence – worked hard and is a brave man who does seem to give everything for us. Whether or not his everything is genuinely good enough for this level or indeed his everything is even good enough for the Premiership seems to be a bit of a stickler at the moment. I know we have limited resources, but I think, as a rule of thumb, all our midfielders should be at least playing in the Premiership. At the moment though we are lucky if our players are playing…at all.

Kevin Doyle – is a great man and deserves every accolade going – another awesome performance. The man fears nothing and has a very good touch, football brain and shot.

Robbie Keane – took his goal well and made some OK runs, but he was headless, constantly gesticulating like a tourettes ridden-ferret (he needed goals last night with Pavlyuchenko, Defoe and Crouch all firing blanks)

Subs – Gibson got a good 25 min run out – had a shot but offered very little. Is this man going backwards? This fixture was ideal for him and Trap did give him plenty of time.

Kelly – Solid wasn’t tested.

Keogh – Saw out the clock.

Glenn Whelan – was the more constructive of the two in the middle and worked hard as always.

Green – didn’t look out of place last night at international level (See Kilbane)

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