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Report: Town’s new era begins with dramatic draw as Edun rescues a point on debut

PUBLISHED: 17:04 04 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:53 04 August 2018

Town players celebrate Gwion Edwards early goal in the Ipswich Town v Blackburn match.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Town players celebrate Gwion Edwards early goal in the Ipswich Town v Blackburn match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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The Paul Hurst era at Ipswich Town has begun with a dramatic late equaliser after Tayo Edun rescued a point on his Blues debut.

Jonas Knudsen jumps over the legs of Dominic Samuel as he makes his way down the wing in the first half.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMJonas Knudsen jumps over the legs of Dominic Samuel as he makes his way down the wing in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The Fulham youngster only joined on loan yesterday, but was the toast of Portman Road a little more than 24-hours later when his 90th-minute cross crept in at the far post to send the home crowd wild.

It had looked as if the Blues were heading for an opening-day defeat, after Danny Graham and Bradley Dack had cancelled out Gwion Edwards’ early opener, before Edun ensured Hurst has a point on the board at the earliest opportunity.

There were certainly positives to take from the display, while area of obvious need were highlighted as we hurtle towards Thursday’s transfer deadline.

There were for debutants – Ellis Harrison, Edwards, Trevoh Chalobah and Janoi Donacien – in the starting line-up as Hurst named his first Ipswich side and they all had both good and bad moments as they took their first steps in Ipswich shirts.

Jonas Knudsen is interesting Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLERJonas Knudsen is interesting Aston Villa. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Edwards was the pick of the bunch, looking dangerous whenever he got on the ball and looked to run at his man, while Harrison worked tirelessly in attack for little reward.

But despite the obvious areas needing improvement, there was enough on show to encourage the near-19,000 crowd which so enthusiastically encouraged their side throughout and cheered them off at the end.

They were cheering within five minutes, as Cole Skuse started a patient Ipswich move with a neat flick in the middle of the midfield switching play to the left, where Sears floated a delightful cross which Edwards was able to cushion into the far corner with a well-placed header.

Portman Road was rocking, the Blues were getting Edwards on the ball but the odd miss-placed pass highlighted opening-day nerves.

They were punished after 20 minutes when Graham was on hand to turn the ball home after a long, flighted free-kick into the penalty wasn’t properly cleared, with Bartosz Bialkowski only able to juggle the ball into the striker’s path.

The Blues looked to push on and respond but left the door open at the other end, with a combination of Spence and Janoi Donacien caught out of position, up the pitch, allowing Derrick Williams to cross and provide Dack with the easiest of finishes for Blackburn’s second.

Spence soon departed having suffered an earlier clash of heads, which had clearly impacted his display, and was replaced by Woolfenden as the hosts tried to regain a foothold in the contest.

They struggled to create any chances of note prior to the interval and found things tough in the second as Rovers became more compact, happy with their lead.

Gwion Edwards heads Town into an early lead.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGwion Edwards heads Town into an early lead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Edwards looked the most likely to unlock the door, while Ben Morris and Edun looked bright off the bench, before the latter’s cross rescued a point.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

ANDY WARREN takes a look at the changes made by Paul Lambert since his appointment as Ipswich Town manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Jordan Spence has hailed the impact of manager Paul Lambert and believes the Blues can pull themselves away from trouble if they maintain the high standards they have set.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features wins over Arsenal and Stoke, while we also remember the late Marton Fulop.

Flynn Downes has been called into the England U20 for their game with Germany in Colchester next week.

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