'8/10', 'saved his best until last': Spurs full-back lauded for latest international display
Spurs defender Matt Doherty was in World Cup qualifying action for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.
The Tottenham ace delivered an impressive display in green to help his nation to a 1-1 draw against Serbia in Dublin.
Stephen Kenny’s charges fell behind in the 20th minute as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic headed home from Dusan Tadic’s corner.
Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu delivered a masterclass in between the sticks to keep the score down.
And four minutes from time, the hosts drew level as Milinkovic-Savic’s clearance went in off Nikola Milenkovic.
Doherty has split opinion amongst Irish fans for his displays in green but this international break went very well for him.
The Irish press spoke highly about the Spurs man, acknowledging he’s performed well in all three of his nation’s games.
“With skipper Seamus Coleman ruled out, Doherty switched from the left to the right-wing back slot,” wrote the Irish Examiner.
“While his attacking qualities are known, his defending has been questioned.
“But he supported Andrew Omobamidele superbly by tracking back and covering.”
“Played in all three games and saved his best performance until last,” wrote the former.
“His pressure at the death led to Ireland’s goal. Arguably plays better in Coleman’s absence.”
And the latter wrote: “It hasn’t always happened for Doherty in an Irish jersey but this has been a good triple-header for him.
“Helped his team-mates get a breather at times by keeping the ball well and was strong in the frantic conclusion.”