Player ratings: The hits and misses of Ipswich Town’s 2-1 defeat at Hillsborough

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Player ratings from Andy Warren following Ipswich Town’s 2-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

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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

The Pole had little to do for much of the afternoon but pick the ball out of the net twice. He maybe could have commanded his box a little better for both goals. 5

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Janoi Donacien


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The Saint Lucian was excellent in his last two displays, keeping Albert Adomah of Aston Villa and Derby’s Tom Lawrence quiet for much of their battles, but he had a little more trouble with Lucas Joao in this one. Often found himself a little stranded positionally but managed to get himself out of trouble more often than not. 5

Toto Nsiala

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An eventful afternoon for the central defender. His performance was a good one prior to his dismissal, covering well at the back, winning his headers and dealing with Wednesday’s physical threat. He took his goal well and could have had a second had Liam Palmer not cleared off the line. The red card he received was wrong and will surely be rescinded, but it left Ipswich with a mountain to climb. 6

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Luke Chambers

The skipper put in a good display for much of the contest, getting his head on a stream of balls into the box and clearing his lines. While the two goals conceded were not from his errors, as captain he will be the first to take responsibility for a lack of organisation at free-kicks. 7

Jonas Knudsen

Arguably the Dane’s best display under Hurst. In the first half especially there was more intensity about his play, as he seemed to enjoy the physical challenge with Marco Matias. Got up and down the pitch well, but did misjudge a couple of long balls. Made one good block on the line. 7

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Trevoh Chalobah

Deployed as the deep-lying midfielder in a slightly adapted system and once again showed some good moments as his confidence on the ball allowed him to move the ball around. Has his sloppy side, though, with the Chelsea loanee prone to coughing up possession now and again. Was lost by Joao for the Wednesday goal, giving his man space, but did defend other set pieces well. 5

Tayo Edun

Back in the side at the first opportunity following suspension and played in his more favoured central midfield role. Saw plenty of the ball, sweeping play from side to side and looking to move forward, but was not incisive enough. Was on set pieces, but his looping delivery did little to trouble Wednesday. 6

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Jon Nolan

Whenever the Shrewsbury man gets on the ball he looks extremely comfortable on it and looks to make things happen. He found himself deep on too many occasions, with Ipswich needing to do more to get him on the ball higher up the pitch. 6

Gwion Edwards

Much like Bersant Celina last season, the Welshman looks to make something happen whenever he gets possession, but found himself too deep on occasions. Had a few promising runs and attempted deliveries during the 90 minutes. 6

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Ellis Harrison

Lined up in a wide left role to start the game and started well as he brought others into play with head and feet before being booked for a lunge on Palmer. Found it tough to get into the game at times, despite putting the hard yards in from first whistle to last, but also had his bright moments. Did all the hard work as he brought down a Chambers long ball but took too long to pull the trigger. 6

Kayden Jackson

A first Championship start for the former Accrington man, who showed just how useful his pace can be without being able to threaten the Wednesday goal. When used properly, the Blues can slide the forward into the channels, where he showed he has the beating of defenders. Kept Wednesday defenders on their toes all afternoon. 6

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Ipswich Manager Paul Hurst watching the warm-up at Hillsborough Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Flynn Downes (for Edun 77)

Came into the thick of the midfield battle, with the Blues down to 10 men, and got on the ball well. 6

Freddie Sears (for Harrison 85)

Had little time to make an impact. 5

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