Tottenham Hotspur defender Matt Doherty was in action for the Republic of Ireland against England in last night’s international friendly.
Though the Boys in Green had a night to forget in a 3-0 defeat, the £15million Spurs summer signing was one of his nation’s better players.
Doherty, a right wing-back by trade, was deployed at left-back, a position in which he has some experience from his time at Wolves.
The 28-year-old had several combative duels with Reece James and was relatively comfortable, with much of the danger coming down the opposite flank.
Admittedly, he was pinned back for large amounts of the game and was unable to contribute much to his team’s attacking play.
Nonetheless, Doherty’s display did get some praise for his display on the night:
Matt Doherty is the only player on that team with a bit of quality #TopMan
— Cormac Joyce (@joyce_cormac) November 12, 2020
Scoreline a side, the performance in areas was good. Kenny is getting very little luck right now but that will change. I thought Browne and Doherty were pretty decent as was Hendricks. England are pretty decent and their choice of player against ours is far superior.
— Doyler (@AnonymousSean88) November 12, 2020
Harry Winks and Matt Doherty have had a great night. Both have showed their quality. Our fans can not say that we will win the league and scapegoat these players when we are winning games. Get behind the squad and enjoy the journey.
— 📌THFC_Blædə📌 (@barrow_blade) November 12, 2020
Southgate could pick a different 11 and still beat this Ireland team comfortably. It’s sad to say but who on that Irish team would get into the England squad. Doherty might have a shout and Coleman who is out injured. https://t.co/bzCDRmXDOV
— Martin Agnew (@MartinAgnew7) November 12, 2020
Matt Doherty is a good player, but how on earth did Cunningham give him motm tonight? @RTEsoccer
— Kelan Mc Carney (@cavanforsam) November 12, 2020
Matt Doherty strong again. Molumby brought good energy off the bench. Felt like a pointless friendly though as Kevin Doyle pointed out.
— Oisin McQueirns (@McQueirns) November 12, 2020
Eventually Matt Doherty will play in his actual position for Ireland #COYBIG
— andrew knowles (@andrewknowles10) November 12, 2020
Harry Maguire headed England into the lead 18 minutes into the game before Jadon Sancho doubled the hosts’ advantage on the half-hour mark with a low finish into the bottom corner.
In the second half, Bukayo Saka won a penalty for England which Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted in the 56th minute.
England and Ireland are in Nations League action for the remainder of the international break, the Three Lions facing Belgium and England, while the Boys in Green take on Wales and Bulgaria.
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