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Stuart Watson’s Sunday Verdict: The little devil on the shoulder can pipe down – let’s embrace the excitement of a reboot

PUBLISHED: 13:19 05 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:56 05 August 2018

Ipswich Town players celebrate Gwion Edwards' early goal against Blackburn Rovers. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town players celebrate Gwion Edwards' early goal against Blackburn Rovers. Photo: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town kick-started their 2018/19 campaign with a 2-2 home draw with Blackburn Rovers yesterday. STUART WATSON gives his verdict on the start of the Paul Hurst era.

Paul Hurst will be looking to strengthen his squad further over the coming days. Photo: Steve WallerPaul Hurst will be looking to strengthen his squad further over the coming days. Photo: Steve Waller

Work. In. Progress.

They are three words that you are going to hear a lot of over the coming months – and rightly so.

Ipswich Town are undergoing a complete reboot. There’s going to be a lot of on-the-job learning. It won’t always be perfect, but it’s going to be both fascinating and fun to see a plan unfold before our very eyes.

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Gwion Edwards produced an electric wing display on his Town debut. Photo: Steve WallerGwion Edwards produced an electric wing display on his Town debut. Photo: Steve Waller

Saturday’s opening day 2-2 home draw with Blackburn Rovers was timely reminder of the above.

The new era started with a bang, then encountered a major bump in the road, before getting back on track.

Seeing Town start with positive intent and take on the responsibility of getting the crowd onside was refreshing after years of cautious starts.

Seeing two sloppy goals conceded followed by Town struggling to break down well-organised and experienced opposition then made that little voice of doubt in the back of the head a little louder.

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Perhaps the ‘careful what you wish for’ brigade were right? Maybe the Blues are being tipped for the drop for a reason. Could this all backfire?

Well that little devil on the shoulder can pipe down.

That would have been written even if Tayo Edun’s late cross had not crept in at the far post for a dramatic 91st minute leveller.

Town had four full debutants and another stepping off the bench. Two of those players only arrived last week. One of them, Trevoh Chalobah, has been away with England U19s all summer.

MORE: ‘Far from a great performance but a fair result’ - Hurst on Town’s work in progress

All things considered, there were far more positives than negatives. Welsh wing wizard Gwion Edwards’ electric display was worth the entrance price alone.

Martyn Waghorn is off. Joe Garner could possibly follow. It’s out with the old and in with the new.

Six have arrived and three, four – possibly even more – are on the way before Thursday’s 5pm deadline for permanent deals. Then there’s the loan window to follow.

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Those that remain from before are still very much in the process of being rewired. It’s all going to take time.

Hold on tight, we’re in for a ride alright. We’ve moved on from safe and steady. The unknown is both exciting and scary. And isn’t that exactly what we were all after?

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

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.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new 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 goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

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

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