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Ratings: Player grades after Ipswich Town’s 2-0 home loss at home to Queens Park Rangers

PUBLISHED: 19:02 20 October 2018 | UPDATED: 20:55 20 October 2018

Matthew Pennington heads clear during the first half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Matthew Pennington heads clear during the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Andy Warren hands out his playing grades following Ipswich Town’s 2-0 home loss to Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

Jack Lankester comes on for Gwion Edwards during the second half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJack Lankester comes on for Gwion Edwards during the second half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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

Dean Gerken

Rangers’ corners were clearly designed to test the Ipswich Town goalkeeper and his defence, with visiting players tight on the line. The Blues stopper simply failed to deal with that threat for the opening goal, sticking out a limp hand and turning it into his own goal. Made one good save to deny Hemed prior to that, but then had no chance with Hemed’s penalty. Saved well from Eze after break. 4

Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers walk from the pitch at full time.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMCole Skuse and Luke Chambers walk from the pitch at full time. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Matthew Pennington

Went on one storming run forward as he burst into the QPR box, but Pennington is very much a stay-at-home right back when deployed there. Did his bit to help out defending at set pieces but wasn’t able to contribute going forward. 5

Toto Nsiala

Was caught out positionally on a number of occasions during the first half, letting balls bounce needlessly and taking too long on the ball, but did just about enough to rectify the situations. Simply didn’t need to lunge in on Eberechi Eze in first-half stoppage time as he gave away a nailed-on penalty which cost his side dear. 4

Town manager Paul Hurst walks towards the tunnel at full time.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMTown manager Paul Hurst walks towards the tunnel at full time. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Luke Chambers

Not the skipper’s finest hour. He’s been consistently one of Ipswich’s best performers throughout the early weeks of this season but he wasn’t able to galvanise the troops today. Limitations in the passing game were highlighted and made a handful of poor decisions. 5

Janoi Donacien

Kept his place at left back despite a good second half from Jonas Knudsen at Swansea. Was caught out on a few occasions by the pace of the game while his lack of left foot contributed to a defence which looked unbalanced at times. 4

Toto Nsiala looks resigned as he appeals to the referee after catching Eberechi Eze (not pictured) in the penalty area, late in the first half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMToto Nsiala looks resigned as he appeals to the referee after catching Eberechi Eze (not pictured) in the penalty area, late in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Cole Skuse

The experienced midfielder wasn’t able to stamp his mark on this game. His role is to pick the ball up off the back four and help the Blues transition into attack, but he wasn’t able to do it often enough. He managed to create space for himself on a number of occasions by fainting away from his man. Tracked back superbly to win the ball from Eze when it looked as if he could put the game beyond all doubt. 5

Trevoh Chalobah

Once again was one of few players who constantly wanted the ball for the Blues, showing for possession, looking to link play and occasionally driving forward into the attacking third. He looks confident in what he does and linked well with England Under 20 team-mate Dozzell. 7

Toto Nsiala catches Eberechi Eze to concede a penalty on the stroke of half time.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMToto Nsiala catches Eberechi Eze to concede a penalty on the stroke of half time. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Gwion Edwards

An off day for the winger, who was withdrawn a little after the hour mark. His positive first touch makes everything he does look positive but much of what he tried simply didn’t come off. His substitution was booed by the home crowd, given he is an outlet for threat, but in truth his impact was limited today. 5

Andre Dozzell

This will have been a big deal for the young midfielder – starting a game at Portman Road for the first time since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury on the opening day of last season. He showed flashes of what he’s capable of. He always wants the ball and always looks to do something with it. It doesn’t always come off but he is always positive. There will be better days ahead of the young starlet but he should be delighted to be back. 6

QPR manager Steve McClaren watches on.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMQPR manager Steve McClaren watches on. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Grant Ward

Has been one of Ipswich’s best players over the last five games but he wasn’t able to impact the game this afternoon. In recent weeks he’s been running at his man and taking him on, but that just didn’t happen in this game. Had the Blues’ only two real chances but fluffed his lines with a shot before heading tamely at the goalkeeper in the second period. 4

Freddie Sears

The striker deserved to be given the start in this game after making a positive impact at Swansea, but it just didn’t happen today. This game simply wasn’t suited to him and the Blues were not able to give him the service he requires to perform in a lone forward role. He ran his heart out, he always does, but far too often balls were fired into his head and he looked isolated at times too. 5

Kayden Jackson (for Ward, 66)

Threatened immediately after coming on as he got in behind QPR and pulled a ball back for Lankester, but he was soon pushed back and spent a lot of his time penned into something of a left wing-back position and wasn’t able to threaten. 5

Jack Lankester (for Edwards, 66)

What a moment for the Bury St Edmunds-born 18-year-old as he came on for his Ipswich Town debut. It’s been richly deserved, too, following a stellar start to the campaign in the Blues’ Under 23s and he showed much of the confidence which has so clearly caught Paul Hurst’s eye. There are flicks, decisive passes and a desire to run towards goal. Early days, of course, but everything points towards the Blues having a prospect on their hands. 7

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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.

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