While this would have been a game we’d be looking to win, a point away from home playing with just 10 men isn’t bad; at the very least it ends our short losing run. This game saw a change of tact from Parky to start with, as he experimented with a new centre back partnership, and actually started Erhun Oztumer (how novel!).
Here’s how I thought our players fared.
Ben Alnwick – 8
An assured performance from Alnwick once again. He commanded his box well, always confident claiming high balls. However, the highlight was an incredible save from close range towards the end of the game to his left.
Pawel Olkowski – 6
Not the Polish right back’s best performance of the season. Olkowski was at times unsure in possession. However, this was a generally sound display.
Jack Hobbs – 8 (MOTM)
A really good performance from the new signing. Hobbs was phenomenal in the air and threw himself at everything Ipswich had to throw at our box. Also to note was his calmness in possession. The former Nottingham Forest captain has definitely earned a starting place for the game against his old rivals Derby County.
Marc Wilson – 5
I didn’t think Wilson looked bad until he was beaten for pace down the left by Kayden Jackson. Poor judgement, and perhaps slightly harsh refereeing, saw the Irishman sent off.
Jonathan Grounds – 5
One neat nutmeg on Gwion Edwards aside, I thought Grounds looked shaky in possession and unsure in defence. I can’t say I thought he was helped much by Buckley ahead of him, but I expect better from the seasoned Championship pro.
Craig Noone – 7
Although it was difficult to attack having lost a man in the first half, Noone did everything he could to give us some attacking threat. He worked his socks off as always and made things happen in the second half.
Jason Lowe – 5.5
The former Blackburn man struggled to get into the game. He broke up play a bit, but never really managed bring the ball down and play some football. We need Lowe to return to the form he showed at the start of the season.
Joe Williams – 6
It was always going to be a difficult task for the Everton loanee after we lost Oztumer in the first half, but I thought Williams battled well and tried to play some nice football. He needs to keep things simpler at times, but it wasn’t a bad display.
Will Buckley – 5.5
Buckley really didn’t get into the game in the first half, and needed to provide Jonathan Grounds with more defensive support. He also was much too narrow, and failed to provide the wide outlet that we need from our wingers. In the second half, I thought he started to do better and actually drove at Ipswich’s players. If he doesn’t do that, he doesn’t look remotely threatening.
Erhun Oztumer – 7
I was quite impressed with Oztumer… when he was on the pitch. He was tidy, looked to make things happen and brings better football out of the rest of the players. I could understand Parkinson wanting to take him off, but I really hope he gets to start at home against Derby.
Josh Magennis – 7
A difficult day for Magennis, as he had to take on some of Oztumer’s defensive responsibilities when Ipswich had possession. However the Northern Ireland international was his typical hard working self and battled well. We need wingers or attacking midfielders to get closer to him when we hoof it towards him, though. He wins the ball but we’re losing second balls off him.
David Wheater (on for Oztumer, 36) – 7
Wheater formed a good partnership with Jack Hobbs, and headed away everything that came his way. He also looked to make things happen going forward, too, and was unlucky to have a shot blocked at the end of the game. He should expect to start alongside Hobbs against Derby.
Yanic Wildschut (on for Buckley, 87) – N/A
Should have been brought on earlier.
Clayton Donaldson (on for Noone, 92) – N/A
Brought on to see the game out.