PUBLISHED: 18:09 22 December 2018 | UPDATED: 21:44 22 December 2018
Gwion Edwards just fails to slot a ball through for Freddie Sears, early in the game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM
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Ipswich Town drew 1-1 with Sheffield United this afternoon. Andy Warren hands out his player grades.
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Billy Sharp with an early effort over the bar. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMRating 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 – awfulDean GerkenIn action early to save from Sharp before the Blades front man beat him to a later cross, which he could only divert over the bar. There was little he could do as Norwood’s cross dissected his box (which Town’s analysis later found to be ‘inch perfect’), beat his defenders and allowed Sharp to finish. 6Jordan SpenceAnother solid afternoon for the defender, building on a similar display last weekend against Wigan. He got his head onto the end of a deep cross, cutting out danger with players lurking and was comfortable in possession. Helped Ipswich ride out an early storm as the United wide men pushed further and further on. 6Luke ChambersWas more of a threat in the opposition box than we have seen in recent weeks and was, on first viewing, unlucky to see a first-half effort ruled out for an apparent push in the box. Defended well and was there to cover when Pennington slipped in the second half. 7David McGoldrick battling with Jordan Spence in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMMatthew PenningtonExcellent defensive work early to thwart McGoldrick’s run towards goal and took charge of a number of situations at the back, while looking comfortable with ball at feet. Had a couple of nervy moments in the second period, slipping and finding himself out of position, but made an excellent tackle to deny Baldock late on. 8Jonas Knudsen An improved display from the Dane, who was solid for the majority of the afternoon. Like Spence, faced early pressure as the Blades looked to make their mark but came through that despite some nervy moments. Made some vital clearances late on. 6Town celebrate after Ellis Harrison’s goal. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMTrevoh ChalobahThe pick of the Ipswich midfield. He was aggressive both with and without the ball, carried it well in possession and looked to get forward. Has cut out many of the sloppy mistakes which characterised the early weeks of his season. 7Andre DozzellQuiet but effective. You expect the young England international to be neat and tidy on the ball and that’s exactly what he was. He passed, moved and wanted the ball in tough positions. No real moments of magic but a good display. 6Ellis Harrison hugs skipper Luke Chambers after putting Town 1-0 ahead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJon NolanAnother promising display, if not a spectacular one, from the midfielder. This was his third-successive start and he was solid in possession and looked more assured when playing the ball with added zip. Had a few forays forward. This was further evidence to show he can make it at this level but he needs to stamp his authority on games more. 6Gwion EdwardsBusy early but struggled to find his way into the game. Did superbly well to win the ball back late in the first half but delayed in possession so much that he was crowded out with options for a pass. This summed up Edwards’ afternoon, with a couple of other chances to set team-mates free going missing. 5Freddie SearsHad carried the goal-scoring load for the Blues in recent weeks but was a little more quiet today. Did supply the goal, though, as he played a neat pass as Ipswich’s high press worked well to win the ball back before Harrison slammed home. Was up and down the pitch throughout and showed some neat touches. Curled a second-half free-kick wide. 6Ellis HarrisonBack in the side for a first start since September and found the early going tough, but began to work his way into the contest. Had a header saved, but his next effort on goal found the net as his well-struck effort flew home with the aid of a slight deflection. Undoubtedly a little rusty, but offered Ipswich a real presence throughout. Promising. 7Grant Ward (for Dozzell, 69)Looked a little rusty, having not played since the start of the month and having suffered with a virus. Slotted into the middle of midfield and showed neat touches. 5Jordan Roberts (for Harrison, 78) Put himself about physically in the closing stages. 5