Tactically Ipswich got it more right than we did. They played long almost every single time to Walters and whoever the other two were, and without the ball they split and pressed high on our defenders. Klose and Hanley especially got drawn into kicking long for Rhodes, and despite a good game Aarons showed his age with a number of rash swiped clearances under pressure. The only member of the defence that didn't get rattled was Jamal Lewis who looked for the most part like he was having a kickaround in the garden.
This was all done in aid of bypassing our midfield, which is where the difference between the two teams is most pronounced. Rhodes isn't a target man and will lose the majority of battles against two forward-facing CBs, meaning Buendia, Pukki, Leitner, Hernandez all generally spent the game getting neck ache and running shuttles back and forth over the halfway line and is why they had the run of the game for the most part.
In hindsight Farke did well to hook Buendia for Thompson as it helped us turn more of the play back towards their goal during heavy pressure when you could have kept the Argentine on for his ability to conjure something from nothing. Emi will only get better this year, maybe the wrong game for him yesterday from the start and hopefully we learn from that.