The Republic of Ireland stuttered over the line against Gibraltar on Saturday afternoon, picking up a hard-fought 1-0 win against Europe’s minnows.
In Gibraltar’s picturesque but tiny stadium, the Republic of Ireland laboured to a narrow victory thanks to Jeff Hendrick’s early second-half goal.
The Irish fans were not impressed with the team’s performance as they might have expected to thrash Gibraltar, who are generally the whipping boys in qualifiers.
After the game, the Republic of Ireland named Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane as man of the match.
But it was an instantly forgettable performance from everyone on the pitch, which was something that many Ireland fans pointed out after Hourihane was handed his accolade.
The 28-year-old produced a tidy if unspectacular display, ensuring that the ball kept moving and that Gibraltar were not able to charge through the middle of the park on a counter-attack.
While the game lacked quality and cutting edge, Hourihane went about his job and was rewarded with the man of the match award.
But some Republic of Ireland fans mocked the decision to hand out an award at all, and here are some responses.
Nobody was, we were awful
— Adam Coleman (@adamcolemancunn) March 23, 2019
Randolph should have got it for preventing a travesty.
— Pete Clarke (@Peteclarke85) March 23, 2019
Best part of that match was the Rock. Oh and the easyjet plane
— Dyrgas (@Dyrgas) March 23, 2019
Honestly didn’t know he was playing
— kevincurran (@kevccurran) March 23, 2019
for me it was the Gibraltor goalkeeper.For the celebration after is save
— tom molloy (@janrat123) March 23, 2019
I’m sure he’s over the moon to get this award of a game of its quality
— Billy Hannon (@billyhannon85) March 23, 2019
No one deserved the MOTM. Horrible match
— Jaime Pons Campos (IrishBhoy7) (@jaimepons_7) March 23, 2019
Christ almighty- embarrassing
— LePunk (@LePunkster) March 23, 2019