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Ratings: How the Ipswich players fared in their opening-day draw with Blackburn Rovers

PUBLISHED: 17:30 04 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:50 04 August 2018

Jonas Knudsen is interesting Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Jonas Knudsen is interesting Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Ipswich Town began their season with a 2-2 draw at home against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

Rating scale: 10 – world class display; 9- outstanding; 8- very good; 7 – good; 6 – decent; 5 – average; 4 – below average; 3 – poor; 2 – very poor; 1 - awful

Bartosz Bialkowski

All in all it was a relatively quiet afternoon for the Pole, who got a great reception prior to kick-off after signing his new contract. He perhaps could have done more for the first goal, only being able to juggle the ball into the path of Danny Graham, but could do little about Bradley Dack’s second. 6

Jordan Spence

Departed early and looked dazed as he left the field following an earlier clash of heads. Prior to his exit, but after receiving treatment, he was one of a number of Ipswich players caught out of position for the second Blackburn goal. His earlier injury clearly played a part in that, while he also guilty of playing a number of loose balls. 5

Janoi Donacien

Shaky in early minutes in the centre of defence but showed his strength to clean up two Blackburn attacks before, like Spence, being caught out of position for the second goal. Spence’s departure saw him switch to right back, the position he appears to have been brought in to play, and he looked more comfortable there. Some promising signs, clearly not out of his depth but understandably still finding his feet. 6

Luke Chambers

Throughout the entirety of pre-season, the skipper has been the only senior centre back on the Blues’ books. His role remains as central as ever, organising the defence and talking new signing Donacien and young Luke Woolfenden through the game. He defended well in the main, both in the air and on the ground. 6

Jonas Knudsen

The Dane’s World Cup involvement means his pre-season was a short one and he’s been linked with a move away from Portman Road this summer. He ticks many of Paul Hurst’s options in terms of what the Ipswich manager wants from a full-back, but wasn’t able to get forward anywhere near as much as they have done in pre-season. 5

Trevoh Chalobah

We’ve seen very little of the Chelsea loanee in an Ipswich shirt following his time with England Under 19s, but this game gave us a sense of what he’s all about. He’s neat and tidy on the ball, can move it well and looks to make things happen. It doesn’t always come off and he can occasionally be guilty in letting his concentration levels slide, but a solid enough debut. 7

Flynn Downes

It’s sometimes easy to forget Downes has only been playing senior football for a year, making his debut on opening day 12 months ago. This wasn’t his best display, but you can see a more mature player than the one who burst onto the scene last August. He was strong in the tackle, confident on the ball and was able to win it back when needed. Much more to come. 6

Cole Skuse

The experienced pro is likely to have more competition than ever before for a starting slot in midfield this season, but has done enough in pre-season to make a shirtt his for now. He is given more freedom to play under Hurst and that showed with the neat flick which led to Gwion Edwards’ opening goal. At times he found himself out of position, but had a solid enough game. You sense there is more to come from him, too. 6

Gwion Edwards

The pick of the bunch on his Ipswich debut, starting in the best way possible with a goal inside five minutes as he superbly headed home. Looked dangerous whenever he got on the ball and looked to run at the Blackburn defence, while also tracking back and getting stuck in when needed. It doesn’t always come off, but plenty to be enthusiastic about. 8

Freddie Sears

Continues to operate in a wide role, which is far from his natural position. Endured similar struggles to much of last season but had some bright moments during the 90 minutes. His cross for the goal, though arguably not intended for Edwards’ head, was superbly flighted, while he looked more confident on the ball. 6

Ellis Harrison

The former Bristol Rovers man has impressed since his arrival earlier this summer but this was a step up in difficulty. He never stops running, puts his body in where it hurts and tests defenders but, as Hurst’s focal point, he needs more support if he is to get into the game more. Often isolated at times. He needs a No.10 to work off, which is why Hurst is so keen to bring in Jon Nolan from Shrewsbury. 7

Luke Woolfenden (for Spence, 37)

Played the majority of the pre-season programme alongside captain Chambers and was perhaps unfortunate not to start this one. But once he came on he looked, calm, assured and stood up to the physical challenge of Graham. 7

Tayo Edun (for Downes, 60)

Looked bright from the minute he came on, taking up a left-wing role and wanting the ball from the off. He certainly didn’t mean to find the net when he crossed the ball into the crowded Blackburn box in stoppage time, but the Portman Road crowd were certainly glad he did. 7

Ben Morris (for Sears 79)

Back from the U19 Euros and looked supremely confident during his cameo appearance, both with and without the ball. Stretched the Blackburn defence on two notable occasions and nearly found the net when his shot was saved by Raya. 7

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

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