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Ratings: Player grades as Blues slide to disappointing Bolton draw

PUBLISHED: 17:49 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:04 22 September 2018

Toto Nsiala battles with Pawel Olkowski and David Wheater.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Toto Nsiala battles with Pawel Olkowski and David Wheater. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

Jonas Knudsen dives in on Jason Lowe late in the game.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJonas Knudsen dives in on Jason Lowe late in the game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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

Dean Gerken

In truth the goalkeeper had very little to do, either before or after the red card, other than try to get the ball moving quickly from the back after getting the ball. 6

Jonathan Walters pulls up with a calf injury.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJonathan Walters pulls up with a calf injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Matthew Pennington

Switched to right back and, despite a few shaky moment in the first half, performed well enough. Defended well when he needed to but was rarely tested after the red card. Wasn’t able to get forward to support the attack when playing with 10 men. 6

Toto Nsiala

Back in the side and solid enough. You know what you’re going to get with Nsiala, an athletic defender who likes to head it and kick it, and he did just that. You could say Ipswich were crying out for a centre back to come out with the ball and use the space afforded to the backline in the second period but that just isn’t his game. 6

Physio Matt Byard consoles Jonathan Walters after he had pulled up with an Achilles injury.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMPhysio Matt Byard consoles Jonathan Walters after he had pulled up with an Achilles injury. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Luke Chambers

Ipswich’s star man this afternoon. Made a succession of superb headed clearances, particularly in the first half when he snuffed out a Magennis chance with a header, followed by a second which led to the red card. Had his late header superbly saved by Ben Alnwick at the end. 8

Jonas Knudsen

Did what he needed to defensively and had more time and space than usual to get forward as Bolton sat back with their 10 men. The final ball wasn’t there for him today, though. 5

Trevoh Chalobah

This was Trevoh Chalobah in a nutshell. He displayed his full range of passing during his 45 minutes on the field and looked the most likely to unlock the Bolton defence with a number of good balls. But he turns into trouble on occasions, can be loose in the pass and occasionally sloppy on the ball. He has real talent but we must remember this a young player taking his first steps in senior football. 6

Cole Skuse

Was the man sacrificed to bring on Walters but, before that, had a little more time in advanced areas than usual without being able to do too much with it. Did get into the box with a tricky piece of play in the second period, though. Played well when it was 11v11, though, moving the ball and linking with Jon Nolan. 5

A blooded Luke Chambers receives treatment for a cut above his eye in the first half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMA blooded Luke Chambers receives treatment for a cut above his eye in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Grant Ward

Made a fantastic, bull-dozing run before picking a superb pass to spring Jackson away to bring about Wilson’s red card. Had moments where he tested his full-back while he also swapped sides, but wasn’t able to impact the game once Bolton were reduced in number. 6

Jon Nolan

Made a real impact after coming off the bench against Brentford on Tuesday night but wasn’t able to do the same today. Saw more of the ball higher up the pitch than in many of his displays of late, where he produced a succession of neat touches while also turning possession over. 6

Marc Wilson pulls back Kayden Jackson as he heads towards goal, with he Bolton player subsequently sent off for the foul.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMMarc Wilson pulls back Kayden Jackson as he heads towards goal, with he Bolton player subsequently sent off for the foul. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Gwion Edwards

Lots of hustle, lots of bustle but little by way of end product. He was up and down the right touchline, while also spending time on the left, but was never able to scream past Grounds and saw the majority of his crosses blocked at source. 5

Kayden Jackson

No shortage of effort and his running tested the Bolton defence and forced Wilson’s red card. However, once the visitors settled into two banks of four, where they looked to give little away. His major weapon was completely disarmed. 6

Grant Ward just fails to direct the ball goalwards in this first half effort.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGrant Ward just fails to direct the ball goalwards in this first half effort. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Tayo Edun (for Chalobah 46)

Offered some real spark for half an hour after coming into the game at the break, moving the ball and himself while trying to stretch the Bolton defence. Faded after that, though. 7

Jon Walters (for Skuse, 71)

Made little impact before leaving the field with a nasty-looking injury. 5

Jordan Graham (for Ward, 71)

Made space for a number of teasing balls into the box, with his free-kick leading to Chambers’ late header. 6

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