Five games have passed since I last pencilled in, and to be fair I was rather reluctant to say too much early doors, but as I anticipated Ipswich Town exited the Carabao Cup – no sweat there surely, as we are going for the League One Title right?
The first four league games are out of the way and The Blues remain undefeated, somewhat of a shock to the system after such a dismal period in the club’s history, but not unexpected. If you had asked me before the season, with this squad I would have expected no less than the title.
On paper there isn’t a squad in League One that can challenge what we have in our ranks, but with that being said, the real challenge in this division is to see games out and to not get complacent.
We travelled up to Burton upon Trent with the intention of taking all three points, and in summary little worried me during the game, Burton were not up for it and as openers come, dare I say it – the most comfortable I’ve seen.
Fast forward to our highly anticipated return to Portman Road, Sunderland were our first visitors for the season, and I don’t think you’ll meet a single Town fan who came away from that game feeling like we gained a point, it felt like a loss!
A game with few chances and a comfortable 1–0 lead quickly turned sour as Captain Luke Chambers gifted Sunderland their first point of the season.
A red mist descended over me, as I began to question: “Are we going to continue to keep giving points to everyone we play?!”
It felt much like last season where we played well in every game until a personal error cost us vital points.
A midweek trip to newly promoted Championship side Luton Town followed, and the less said about that the better! We then quickly turned our attention to Peterborough, a chance for some to set the record straight as 4,000 tractor boys travelled to the Weston Holmes Stadium to watch a game largely dominated by what I would label a decent side for promotion this year!
Peterborough looked good, and although they haven’t picked up points in the first few games, they look a dab hand this year. Lord Norwood grabbed his first goal for Town, and presented what can only be described as the best goal GIF the world has ever seen.
We then conceded not one but two sloppy goals on our part. We weren’t in the game, as I began to question how we could salvage this match. Much like against Sunderland, Chambers wasn’t done yet.
Our captain went from zero to hero and secured a hard fought point in the final minute of the game, Limbs O’clock once again.
👊🏻 Chambers saves the day
🚨 LIMBS ALERT 🚨
The full video is out now, what a mix of emotions today was; great to rescue the point in the end! We can now push on to Tuesday, KVY in the squad for Tuesday? 🚜🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/jtgJdOjLTs
— 𝗜𝗣𝗦𝗪𝗜𝗖𝗛𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗭𝗢𝗡𝗘 (@IpswichFanzone) August 17, 2019
We needed strengthening, so manager Paul Lambert and owner Marcus Evans brought in full back Kane Vincent-Young from Colchester, Anthony Georgiou – a versatile left sided winger on loan from Spurs, and returning striker Will Keane previously of Manchester United. We needed depth, we now had it.
With three games unbeaten and once again returning to Portman Road for what was surely our first home win of the season. We never started and for 80 minutes of the game Ipswich were nowhere to be seen.
As AFC Wimbledon took the lead late in the first half we failed to threaten, as fans were made to wait for a James Norwood header and a final minute winner from Kayden Jackson to seal pandemonium at Portman Road. We won, we didn’t care how!
The tide is turning slowly as Town look like a side over the hump and progressing towards a goal. The team’s character on and off the pitch has changed considerably, the nature of how we approach each game has changed for the better, and the fans are well behind them.
Early season form can mean nothing down the road, but I’ll take unbeaten after four any day of the week. Can do something we have struggled with for as long as I can remember and start putting teams to bed much earlier? Needless to say, however long it takes the excitement has got me gripped and I will be there every step of the way.
*all odds are subject to change
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