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Ipswich Town 2-0 Reading FC: Player Ratings

Barrow is again the stand-out performer, this time in a defeat at Ipswich. But how did the rest of the team perform?

Ipswich Town v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Vito Mannone: 6

Vito wasn't called on to do a whole lot, apart from pick the ball out of his net twice, although I thought he might have done slightly better with Town's first goal. His distribution was OK, nothing spectacular. One vital save in the second half.

Chris Gunter: 6

Got forward to good effect in the first half and was let down when crossing by a lack of available options. Steady in second half, didn't overlap as much. Could potentially have done better for their first goal.

Paul McShane: 5

He was part of a defensive unit that gave away two terrible goals. Looked shaky and rocky, and didn't move the ball quickly enough. Also proved adept at continually winding up Ipswich fans to a fury.

Liam Moore: 6

Nothing special, again didn't have that much to do apart from the two goals. Can't remember him doing anything either spectacular or disastrous all game. Potentially one of his last few games for the club?

Tyler Blackett: 5

Not a terrible game from Blackett, and certainly no worse than several others. Like Gunter, he overlapped well in first half. However, he found it harder to get into the game in the second period. The normal three/four head-in-hands shambolic moments were there though.

Leandro Bacuna: 5

Part of a flat midfield that didn't offer too much going forward and left us exposed several times at the back. Passed the ball sideways expertly all game, it was just driving forwards that was the issue.

Dave Edwards: 5

One of those players that's described as a vital cog in the wheel when we win, and entirely anonymous when we lose. Didn't get into the box enough, and looked completely average on the ball.

Joey van den Berg: 5

A mediocre game from the Dutchman. Failed to properly link the defence and midfield, in the second period especially. The normal crunching tackles and sharp turns were still there, but he looked generally subdued.

Sone Aluko: 5

Didn't have enough tricks or speed to get past a resolute Ipswich backline, and was robbed of possession a fair few times. Again looked a good footballer, but apart from several nice touches in the first half offered little penetration.

Modou Barrow: 7

Barrow was unlucky today, regularly beating his man and crossing the ball into the box only to see nobody attacking it. Our quickest, sharpest attacking outlet again. Still not perfect, but a cut above our other options.

Yann Kermorgant: 5

Again, flat. Failed to really affect the game in any meaningful way, and failed to do his job on the near post to prevent Ipswich scoring their second from a corner.

Subs:

Liam Kelly (replaced Blackett): 5

Very little Kelly could do to affect the eventual outcome when he came on. A succession of corners saw good balls in, but since he was reduced to just hoisting the ball into the box, it was hard for him to display more of his skills.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (replaced Aluko): N/A

Needed to come on sooner, and when he did he was very well-marshalled by a backline that loves the aerial battle. If he's the Plan B (hoisting balls into the area for knockdowns), the service needs to be more accurate.

Average: 5.41

Right then chaps, who was your man of the match? Vote in our poll - if you can’t see it, go to this link right here.

Who was your man of the match against Ipswich?
Vito Mannone
Chris Gunter
Paul McShane
Liam Moore
Tyler Blackett
Dave Edwards
Leandro Bacuna
Joey van den Berg
Sone Aluko
Yann Kermorgant
Modou Barrow
Liam Kelly
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