Player watch- How did West Ham’s Darren Randolph rate vs Sweden

The Republic of Ireland took on Sweden in their Euro 2016 opener last night, and West Ham’s Darren Randolph was in goal for the Republic- the only WHUFC player in action yesterday at the Championships (Angelo Ogbonna did not play for Italy). The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Here is how major papers and websites rated Randolph’s performance against Sweden

The Irish Independent

The Irish Independent gave Randolph a 6/10

Blameless for Sweden’s goal, pulled off one very good save early in the second half and generally looked confident whenever called upon

The Irish Times

Gavin Cummiskey from the Irish Times gave Randolph a 7/10

One clean catch early unsettled his back four. Then made a great save from Ciaran Clark’s deflection on 48 minutes

The Daily Mail

Craig Hope from the Daily Mail opted to give Randolph a 6/10

Only save was from his own defender and could do nothing about the own goal

Rte.ie

Glenn Mason gave Randolph a 7/10

Produced one of the saves of the tournament to prevent Ciaran Clark scoring a second own goal. With little time to react, he dived across goal to get a strong hand on the deflection. Came well for a number of high crosses but his distribution wasn’t always so solid. Not much he could do for the goal

Newstalk

Newstalk gave Randolph a 6.5/10

After the goal, Randolph was called upon on numerous occasions. Produced two catches in the opening half, one absolutely outstanding to pluck a Swedish cross from the air. Made the save of the game in the second half, his reflexes the only thing that kept Ireland ahead during a period of sustained pressure. Nothing much could be done about the goal, but as the game wore on he became a bit erratic in his decision making and opted to wildly punch at, rather than collect, a number of aerial balls

The42.ie

Ben Blake from the42 gave Randolph an 8/10, but no one in the Irish starting XI scored less than 7 in his ratings.

Ireland’s number one was confident in coming out to gather crosses in the first half and, apart from one suspect kick-out, performed extremely well

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