Republic of Ireland 0 Bulgaria 0 - how the Republic players rated

Ronan Curtis and Robbie Brady curse their luck as another Republic of Ireland chance goes begging. Picture by PA

Darren Randolph: Dealt well with a couple of dangerous crosses and wasn’t over-extended on the night. 6

Ryan Manning: Making his debut, the 24-year-old left back was booked for dangerous lunge on Sapas Delev in the early stages. Recovered from the early jitters and did okay. 5

Shane Duffy: Apart from one poor first half pass, the Celtic defender played solidly – much to his relief after a terrible run of form. Made some telling blocks in the second half to deny Bulgaria. 6

Kevin Long: Winning his 14th cap, the Burnley man picked up an early yellow which didn’t affect him. Covered his defensive partner well and was positionally sound. 6

Dara O’Shea: One poor header across his own goal wasn’t in keeping with his generally good defensive display. Also got ahead of the ball and his deliveries from the right were good. 6

Conor Hourihane: Winning his 23rd cap, the Cork man anchored the midfield. Doesn’t offer a great deal or protection to his back four but initiated some good attacking play. 5

Robbie Brady: Showed flashes of the Robbie Brady of four years ago, rattling the crossbar with a tremendous strike from distance. Worked hard and tried to press the Bulgarian back line before injury ended his night. 6

Daryl Horgan: One of Ireland’s livelier performers on the night. Set up James Collins for a great first half chance and worked his socks off with some bits of creativity. 6

Jason Knight: One terrible first half pass almost proved costly but showed courage and wanted the ball. Scored high for his work-rate and assisted for Ronan Curtis’s chance. 6

James Collins: Should have added to his one international goal with a first half header. Didn’t unsettle the Bulgarian defence. 5

Ronan Curtis: Missed Ireland’s best chance of the game after being put through by Knight. Started well but faded as the game wore on. 5


Josh Cullen: Dropped into central midfield but didn’t make an impact. 5

Jack Byrne: Busy and made things happen late on. 6

Troy Parrott: Not on long enough to be rated.

Sean Maguire: Not on long enough to be rated.

Cyrus Christie: Not on long enough to be rated.

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