Rep of Ireland 1 Serbia 2: Player ratings

Rep of Ireland 1 Serbia 2: Player ratings as Martin O'Neill suffers his first loss of his short reign so far

Rep of Ireland
1
Serbia
2

Republic of Ireland

David Forde A routine save to deny Bisevac from a first-half corner. Was alert to palm over Tadic’s cross-come-shot. 6/10

Seamus Coleman Burst into life with a break down the right wing in the 27th minute until he was halted by Ivanovic. Started to recreate his trademark driving runs with more frequency. His mistake led to Dordevic’s winner. 6

Richard Keogh Lacked composure when on the ball. An air of desperation about his defending, too. Was unable to prevent either of Serbia’s sloppy goals. 5

Marc Wilson Showed some silky skills coming out of the defence – although there was an element of fortune about marauding runs of the defence. Failed to hit the target when unmarked in the area. 6

Stephen Ward Brilliant tackle to deny Basta when the rest of his defence had switched off. 6

Aiden McGeady Realatively quiet opening half. Swapped wings with McClean in an attempt to find more room to operate. 5

James McCarthy A sloppy start for the Everton man with a brace of misplaced passes. Alert to deny Ivanovic an equaliser with a goal-line clearance. Put the ball into his own net after Serbia had carved the Irish defence open. 5

Glenn Whelan Captain for the night and denied a second-minute goal to cap the honour after Hoolahan was deemed to be distracting Stojkovic. 6

Wes Hoolahan (Man of the match) Looked to follow up Whelan’s strike but in doing so was adjudged to be offside and distracting the Serbian goalkeeper. Replays showed that Basta was in fact playing him on. Lively in midfield and his break from midfield on the half-hour mark cut open the Serbian defence. Ireland’s most dangerous player. 8

Shane Long Opened the scoring after capitalising on a mix up between Bisevac and Ivanovic. However, the Hull City man surprisingly wasted a chance to double his tally with only Stojkovic to beat. Missed an equally great opportunity seven minutes after the break. 6

Substitutes

David Meyler His header went narrowly over the bar within minutes of his introduction. 6

Anthony Pilkington Low effort that failed to test Stojkovic.

Ciaran Clark N/A

Jon Walters N/A

Daryl Murphy N/A
Stephen Quinn N/A

Serbia

Vladimir Stojkovic Lucky not to concede an early strike. Incurred the wrath of captain Ivanovic who expected the goalkeeper to collect the ball for Long’s opener. Did well to deny Long at the end of the first half. 6

Antonio Rukavina Always going to be in for a tough night against athletic McClean. Did well against the Wigan man. 6

Milan Bisevac Didn’t clear a long ball which resulted in Ireland’s opening strike of the evening. 6

Branislav Ivanovic Surprisingly lacked authority as Long crept between Serbia’s centre-halves and broke the deadlock. Had a header from a corner cleared off the line. 6

Aleksandar Kolarov As expected, Kolarov looked to attack from left-back as much as possible. A couple of good deliveries into the area. Heckled by the Irish crowd as his free-kick hit Forde’s wall. Crucial to Serbia’s equaliser. 7

Dusan Basta Was relatively quiet up against Ward. 5

Nemanja Matic The Chelsea midfielder wasn’t at his sharpest. Saw a lot of the ball and helped the visitors tick when in possession. Was disposed by his smaller Irish counterparts far too frequently. However, it was his block which led to Dordevic’s winner. 6

Ljubomir Fejsa A solid performance alongside Matic. Energetic and also looking for the ball. 6

Lazar Markovic Low effort which was straight at Forde. Replaced early in the second half. 5

Dusan Tadic Linked up well with his midfield. Was afforded more space in the second half and started to spray the ball about the Aviva pitch. 6

Filip Dordevic Aimless early attempt which went harmlessly wide. Followed up by a skied header. Played his part in McCarthy’s own goal. Put Serbia ahead from close range after another Irish mistake. 8

Substitutes

Zoran Tosic Teed up Dordevic for Serbia’s second, albeit inadvertently. 6

Miralem Sulejmani N/A

Stefan Scepovic N/A

Nemanja Gudelj N/A

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