After what was ta record defeat at home for the Republic of Ireland against Germany yesterday evening, I take a look at how the much changed sid

Starting 11

• Kieran Westwood – Didn’t have much to do bar pick the ball out of his net, repeatedly. Could have done better for the 1st and 4th goals but couldn’t be blamed for the others. Overall rating – 5

• Seamus Coleman – Started slowly but improved and gained confidence as the game went on. Comfortable on the ball and made some well-timed challenges. One of the few Irish players who can take a positive from this performance. A permanent spot at right back should be guaranteed. Overall rating – 7.

 • Darren O’Dea – Looked overwhelmed by the German attack and was out of position all too often. Was strong in the air but his rash tackle which conceded the penalty killed off the game. Overall rating – 4.

• John O’Shea – For an experienced international O’Shea looked out of his depth. Maybe he had depended on Dunne for too many years. Didn’t show any leadership after being handed the armband. Did manage to tee up Kroos for a lovely volley though. Overall rating – 4.

• Stephen Ward – Started strong and made some good runs down the left flank but lacked a strong presence defensively. Not the worst performance he’s ever head but will probably still keep Ciaran Clark out of the side for now. Overall rating – 5.

• Aiden McGeady – Similar to Ward had a good strong start but did little to win the ball or to produce any chances as the game progressed. His failure to deliver a decent cross from set pieces was notable. Overall rating – 5.

• Keith Fahey – For a player who claims to want to make up for lost time with Ireland, Fahey had a non-existent performance. Didn’t win any or look to get on the ball at all. Seemed fearful of the German midfield. Right to be subbed early in the 2nd half. Overall rating – 3.

• Keith Andrews – Made a decent effort of what was asked of him but gave Ozil too much space at times. Broke up the German play a bit and distributed accurately. Not as impressive as his Euro 2012 performances unfortunately. Overall rating – 6.

• James McCarthy – A lacklustre performance from a player of whom so much is expected by the Irish fans. Let his passes go astray too much for the better part of game. Started to come in to game late on but there was nothing to play for at that stage. Overall rating – 5.

• Simon Cox – A poor game from the Notting Forrest frontman but unfair to overly criticize his game as he was out of position. Again asked to play out on the wide left but had no real effect on the game. Overall rating – 5.

• Jonathan Walters – Brilliant in the air in the opening 20 minutes and looked as though he would trouble the German defence. Not as effective in the 2nd half but couldn’t be blamed for this as the team could not get him on the ball. Can take some pride in his performance. Overall rating – 6.


• Shane Long – Started lively and energetic but seemed more interested in kicking lumps out of the Germans. Can’t say I blame him. Overall rating – 6.

• Andy Keogh – Didn’t have a big impact on the game. Took his goal well but should have finished the chance that led to the corner for his goal. Overall rating – N/A.

• Robbie Brady – Did very well in the little time he had to impress. Made a good run down the wing and delivered a great corner for the goal. May be disappointed that this was the game in which he received his 1st competitive cap. Overall rating – N/A.

The Manager

• Giovanni Trappatoni – Tried a new formation in the 1st half that didn’t work well as planned. Made changes but only reverted to the old system that has been shown up by strong teams previously. Last chance for him to restore some faith next Wednesday.

The Republic of Ireland are back in action next Tuesday against the Faroe Islands. This is a must win game for them if they are to have any chance (or self-belief) of qualifying from this campaign.