Ipswich Town fan Joey says opening day has not taken buzz away
The Tractor-Boys kicked off 2018/19 with a 2-2 draw to newly-promoted Blackburn Rovers, and I think it’s safe to say we’re not where we want to be, just yet.
The Blues struggled to create chances, without really getting the 18,940 in attendance off their feet, but did play some nice stuff at times and certainly the mix of youth and experience was refreshing to see.
That said, like many Town fans, I’m still extremely positive. It was clear a busy week was required at Portman Road after Saturday and that is exactly what we’ve had!
The arrivals of Jon Nolan and Aristote Nsiala from Shrewsbury and Kayden Jackson from Accrington Stanley is not only what we wanted, but needed.
Central defenders, playmaking midfielders and goalscoring forwards were top of the list for the Town boss, and with the two Shrews reuniting with Hurst and the Stanley man purchased, some fantastic business is done.
The Martyn Waghorn saga has at last come to end, with his £5m move to Derby confirmed on Wednesday. Although it’s sad to see him move on, it’s equally as pleasing to see his fee immediately reinvested.
Many fans still wonder where the millions for Wickham, Cresswell and Mings ended up, so it’s exciting to see Evans finally getting the chequebook out.
Curtis Tilt and Josh Windass continue to be linked and I don’t think Hurst will stop there, with the loan market now also an option.
It really feels like #ANewEra and credit must go to owner Marcus Evans, who has stuck by everything he said word for word, back in his April interview.
I’ll be making the long trip up to Rotherham Saturday filled with optimism to see this new, ambitious, exciting Ipswich with a sense of identity returned.
We’ll travel up on the A1, but let’s hope we’re travelling home with A-win in the bag.