Despite the Republic of Ireland easing to a 4-1 win over Andorra last week, Matt Doherty came under criticism for his individual display by sections of the Irish press.
Doherty has endured a difficult first season at Tottenham, having failed to get a run of matches under his belt.
When opportunities came his way, the former Wolves man looked short of confidence and miles away from the aggressive, marauding wing-back we saw at Molineux.
Doherty would have been hoping to put the campaign behind him as he joined the Ireland side for their friendlies against Andora and Hungary.
It was another Spurs player in Troy Parrott who hit the headlines as the youngster opened his account in senior international football with a brace.
However, it appears that Doherty’s poor form has continued into the international period, with the Irish Times being quite critical of the 29-year-old’s performance and questioning why he was shoehorned into the side.
The publication gave the Tottenham man a 5/10 and wrote: “Sometimes it’s hard to see why there was such clamour for Doherty to be shoehorned into the Ireland side.
“Threatened when he got forward, which wasn’t very often.”
Parrott, meanwhile, was given a 9/10, with the teenager praised for his “two moments of varied, brilliantly incisive, centre-forward play”.
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