Ratings: Groundhog Day for Town as missed chances cost us… again.
We take a whistle stop look at the performances as Town lose against Oxford United 1-0 at Portman Road.
Tomas Holy – 6
No fault attached with Oxford’s winner just before the break. Again pretty underworked on the whole, sliced a couple of clearances if I am being picky.
Luke Woolfenden – 5
Looked a little more laboured than usual. Started on the front foot and had thunderous shot blocked at 0-0. However, defensively Woolfenden has certainly had better days. Guilty of ball watching for the goal and had more than one nervy moment after the break.
Luke Chambers – 5
Chambers had a goal bound header cleared in the opening exchanges. The Town skipper could have got himself back in position for the Oxford goal, leaving Taylor with an easy tap-in. Outmuscled by Taylor after the break after failing to deal with a long ball, luckily his teammates were there to rescue.
Josh Earl – 5
Earl was guilty of some sloppy passes early on and wasn’t able to stop the cross for the decisive goal. Improved after the break but had little options ahead of him.
Luke Garbutt – 5
The former Oxford loanee was guilty of missing one of Town’s glorious chances, failing to hit the target after Jackson’s pass. His set plays were very hit and miss too, just not his, or Towns day.
Gwion Edwards – 4
It was Edwards’ missed place control which gave Oxford possession for the goal, all be it on the halfway line. Like Woolfenden, Edwards just didn’t look at the races at all defensively. Going forward he spurned Town’s best chance of the equaliser when the ball unfortunately just hit him at the back post. Replaced by Bishop past the hour mark.
Jon Nolan – 5
A real lack of intensity about his play against Oxford. Nolan was seeing plenty of the ball but it was all too safe, slow, sideways, all of the above. Surely Emyr Huws should have been the change.
Flynn Downes – 6
Unfortunate not to give Town the lead after making a great run into the box, however Simon Eastwood managed to divert Jackson’s driven cross. Tweaked his groin in the second half and was growing more frustrated by the minute.
Alan Judge – 5
Last week he was the magic man, this week the forgotten man. Not through a lack of effort, but nothing really came off for Judge against Oxford. Wasted a glorious crossing opportunity after the break with Keane and Garbutt waiting, unfortunately he found the Oxford keeper.
Kayden Jackson – 4
The birthday boy will be remembering his 26th birthday by picking up his first red card in a Town shirt. Jackson was Town’s best player in the first half, creating nearly all of the chances which we squandered by his teammates. After the break, he was getting frustrated by the lack of any real quality being served up to him. Those frustrations got the better of him when he stamped on Oxford defender Dickie in injury. Norwood out injured, Jackson now serving a three game ban, not good.
Will Keane – 4
Keane wasted a first half chance which was headed wide from a Luke Garbutt corner. After the break, Keane was central figure for many Town fans frustrations with his lack of aerial ability. In truth, yes he didn’t win much in the air but we really should be looking to play football too.