Andy Warren’s Ipswich Town player ratings: The hits and misses from Blues’ loss at Ewood Park | Ipswich Town

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PUBLISHED: 18:02 19 January 2019 | UPDATED: 19:19 19 January 2019

Andy Warren

The Ipswich players disappointed after a disastrous second half at Ewood Park Picture Pagepix
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Andy Warren hands out his player ratings following Ipswich Town’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn.

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Alan Judge applauds the travelling fans at Blackburn Picture PagepixRating 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 GerkenHad little to do for much of the game and had little chance with either of the two Blackburn goals. Was fortunate to see a couple of shots flash by his post and gratefully received a ball which bound back off the post and into his arms from Evans’ shot. Made one sublime save to tip Rothwell’s effort onto the post. Some questions in the kicking game. 6Callum Elder protests his innocence as the referee points to the penalty spot during the second half at Blackburn Picture PagepixMatthew PenningtonA second successive start at right-back and another game in which, on the whole, the Everton loanee looked comfortable. He defends well in the air and reads the game well, while also looking like he has developed a good understanding with new signing Alan Judge. Blackburn did the damage down the opposite flank in the second period. 5Luke ChambersClearly hampered by the wrist injury which he suffered against Rotherham last week, the defender played through the pain with heavy strapping. He marshalled Graham well but Nuttall escaped both he and Collins for the second Blackburn goal. Looked a real threat from the set pieces delivered by Judge. 6James CollinsDefended well once again throughout and was a vocal presence on the field. Had one sticky moment where he lost his footing and nearly surrendered possession in a vital area, but just about managed to recover to keep hold of the ball. Defended set pieces well. 6Callum ElderThe Australian performed well in the first half but found things tougher in the second when Adam Armstrong swapped wings. Clipped the wide-man’s heels for the penalty and was taken out by a superb pass which found Armstrong to deliver the cross for the second. 4New Ipswich signing Alan Judge shooting during the second half against Blackburn Picture PagepixCole SkuseRobbed by Dack early on but got back to block Graham’s shot with Chambers. Skuse is not long removed from an operation on his knee and, as you might expect, is a long way from being full up to speed after more than a month out. As a result he found the going tough with a few difficult moments both on the ball and in terms of intensity when trying to close down and win it back. Ipswich will be a better team when Skuse gets back to the superb form he showed in Lambert’s early days in charge. 4Trevoh ChalobahLooked calm and composed for much of this game. Delivered a handful of excellent balls through the Blackburn lines for team-mates but, along with Skuse, didn’t get forward to support the attack as much as you would want for the Ipswich midfield. 5Will Keane forces a mistake from the Blackburn defence during the second half Picture PagepixAlan JudgeIn from the start for his first Ipswich Town appearance and, after looking sharp during the warm-up, translated that onto the field. Looks for quick, simple passes and then also killer balls, which didn’t always find team-mates on the same wavelength. His whipped set pieces will be an asset. 6Freddie SearsAfter a blistering start under Paul Lambert, the going has been tougher for a man who remains the Blues’ top scorer. He’s finding it harder to cut inside and drive towards goal, while his touch and instinct let him down at times today. 4Callum Elder protests his innocence as the referee points to the penalty spot during the second half at Blackburn Picture PagepixWill KeaneHad the Blues’ best chance as he did well to reach a through ball and round the goalkeeper, but has touch had taken him wide and he had little option in the middle as he looked to pick a killer pass. His manager later said his striker was too honest and should have gone down. Showed neat touches as he looked to link midfield to attack, pressed well to try and win it back and defended corners and free-kicks well. 7Collin QuanerJust like last week, the big German showed a few glimpses of what he will bring to the team following his loan move from Huddersfield. His neat, one-touch, lay-offs are a key part of his game but often weren’t seized upon by team-mates. Looks lacking in match sharpness. Ipswich’s strikers need to be much more of a threat if they are to get out of this. 4Jack Rodwell slides into a challenge on Will Keane at Blackburn Picture PagepixJack Lankester (for Quaner 66)On as a substitute on his 19th birthday and looked to make things happen without being able to hugely worry the Blackburn defence. 5Teddy Bishop (for Sears, 82)Had penalty appeals waved away late on as he claimed hand ball as his shot was deflected behind off of Elliott Bennett. 5



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