Player ratings: Bialkowski keeps the score down but Town’s creative players struggle - grades from Wolves loss

Bartosz Bialkowski saves from a Barry Douglas (not pictured) free kick in the first half. Picture

Bartosz Bialkowski saves from a Barry Douglas (not pictured) free kick in the first half. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Sports writer Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 1-0 home defeat by Wolves.

Cameron Carter-Vickers battles for the ball with the visitors Ryan Bennett. Picture: Steve Waller

Cameron Carter-Vickers battles for the ball with the visitors Ryan Bennett. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Bartosz Bialkowski

Looked surprised as the ball bounced up off the pitch and into the top corner for what proved to be the winner, but produced a string of stunning saves to celebrate his new contract with a good performance. Kept the score down. 8

Jordan Spence

Back in the side following his three-game ban but, like the rest of the Ipswich defence, struggled to cope with the free-flowing Wolves attack. Much of the play came down his side, where he and Carter-Vickers were often caught out. Looked to get forward and support the attack but fluffed his lines late on. 5

Cameron Carter-Vickers

The Tottenham loanee was making his home debut but found the going tough. He looked to play the ball on the floor whenever possible but was caught out of position and, whenever the visitors had broken through, seemed notable by his absence. 5

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Luke Chambers

The pick of the Ipswich backline. The captain was good positionally and got his foot in to stop a number of attacks. Did his best to hold things together in the second half when the Wolves forwards began to cut through the line. One good block to deny Bonatini. 7

Stephen Gleeson and Ruben Neves hit the ground after a full-bloodied 50/50 clash from which the Ipsw

Stephen Gleeson and Ruben Neves hit the ground after a full-bloodied 50/50 clash from which the Ipswich man was booked in the first half the Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton match. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Jonas Knudsen

You know what you are going to get from the Dane and that is a solid performance. This was solid but lacked the dogged edge which has made him so reliable so far this season. As always he looked to get forward but was unable to make a real impact there. 6

Callum Connolly

Strong tackles, good use of the ball and a bit of drive to move forward – this was another decent display from the Everton loanee. He had a tough afternoon against the strong midfield play of Ruben Neves and the towering Alfred N’Diaye but battled well. 7

Stephen Gleeson

Impressed in his 45 minute cameo at Wolves last weekend and did so again on his Portman Road bow. Always wants the ball, always looking to use it and always looking to give the Blues some forward momentum. Understandably tired before being replaced. 7

Bersant Celina

Once again he looked the most likely player in a Blue shirt to make something happen. Perhaps more suited to the free-flowing style of Wolves than the hustle and bustle of Ipswich, though he did give the ball away on a number of occasions. 6

Wanderers Alfred N'Diaye and Callum Connolly battle for a high ball. Picture: Steve Waller www

Wanderers Alfred N'Diaye and Callum Connolly battle for a high ball. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Martyn Waghorn

It’s now 10 without a goal for Ipswich Town’s top scorer and that has to be a worry. He certainly tried his luck – with a speculative effort in the first-half and a second-period rocket threatening John Ruddy’s goal – but the threat he once posed was not there today. 6

David McGoldrick

An odd afternoon for a man said to be coveted by nearly a quarter of the Championship. He spent much of his afternoon deep in a right back role looking after Barry Dougles – who he lost for the Wolves goal. It’s perhaps a strange role for a man regarded by many as the club’s most creative player, in which he made a number of key blocks and gave the ball away in equal measure. 5

Joe Garner

A very quiet afternoon. His attempts to win free-kicks won little from the referee and he carried just as little goal threat. The aggression which saw him terrorise defenders in the early weeks and months of his Ipswich career was not in evidence on this occasion as Coady, Boly and Bennett dealt with him well. 5

Grant Ward (for Gleeson 83)

Despite only just returning from a groin problem, Ward certainly added some spark when he came off the bench as time ticked down. 6

Stephen Gleeson reacts as Barry Douglas raises his foot high for the ball. Picture: Steve Waller

Stephen Gleeson reacts as Barry Douglas raises his foot high for the ball. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Luke Hyam (for Garner 83)

The most impactful of the Blues substitutes, Hyam got on the ball as much as possible and delivered dangerous crosses into the box. 6

Freddie Sears (for McGoldrick 83)

No sniff at goal but plenty of running. He is now without a goal in 285 days. 6