Colchester United win was a game of two halves admits Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam

Colchester v Ipswich: Luke Hyam is under no illusions over where Ipswich Town need to improve after the Blues ended their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win over neighbours Colchester.

Michael Chopra’s brace gave Ipswich a deserved two-goal cushion at the interval but a plethora of substitutions disrupted the performance and Clinton Morrison pulled a goal back for the U’s.

But the impressive Town travelling army were sent home happy as Town held on to make it back-to-back victories after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Premier League West Ham.

In both friendlies, excellent first half showings have not been followed up in the second 45 minutes – a problem Hyam is only too aware needs to be solved.

The young central midfielder said: “I thought we popped it around well in the first half and that was certainly better than the second.

“We had a two-goal cushion but we need to improve on what we did in the second half.

“Second-half Colchester came at us a bit more and pulled a goal back, but overall I thought it was a good performance and sets up nicely for the new season.

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“Pre-season is good for the fitness levels but all the boys are raring to go for the season now and we are all looking forward to getting started.”