Northern Ireland’s quest to reach Euro 2020 ended in heartbreak as Slovakia scored an extra-time winner to dash the hosts’ hopes at Windsor Park.
Ian Baraclough’s side had levelled the score in dramatic style after Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar scored an unfortunate own goal to tie the game two minutes of normal time left. However, Michal Duris had the last laugh, as he took advantage of some sloppy defending to score the winner in extra time.
The Green and White Army’s performance was pretty poor in general but Glasgow Rangers stalwart Steven Davis was one player in particular who stood out for all of the wrong reasons, which should give Steven Gerrard some cause for concern. The Northern Ireland captain has been in such fine form for club and country in recent weeks but he will want to forget all about his nightmare at Windsor Park.
Per SofaScore, the 35-year-old received a lowly rating of 6.7 for his efforts – he shockingly lost possession of the ball 18 times in total, only won two out of his four duels overall, didn’t register a single tackle all game and was dribbled past once.
Quite why Davis played the full 120′ minutes we’ll probably never understand as he should’ve been replaced to rest his weary legs.
The veteran has pulled the strings from the deep-lying midfield role for so long but was unable to get a grip on the game and dictate play like he has done in the past as Slovakia started to take control of the possession in the second half.
Davis now needs to put this nightmare behind him as the Gers attempt to regain the Scottish Premiership title for the first time since the 2010/11 season.
Gerrard’s side face a massive fixture against Aberdeen FC – who are third in the table – at home at Ibrox shortly after the international break and the Ibrox boss will need the Gers beast to be at his very best when they face Derek McInnes’ high-flying side. Perhaps Baraclough should do the decent thing and give him a well-deserved break.