Opening day is always like that, the expectation and excitement of supporters as another new season kicks off but, it is not overly important.
Of course, getting off to a good start is beneficial but the old saying is not where you are after opening day but where you are in May that counts.
Fulham can tell how momentum in the Championship can not just lift you but catapult you up the table having miraculously come from 20th at Christmas to win the Play Off final and prepare for a season at the country’s top table.
At Portman Road on Saturday, there was a mixture of emotions ranging from elation when new Signing Gwion Edwards headed the Tractor Boys into a fifth minute lead to frustration after falling behind.
The old ground was bathed in glorious sunshine literally and metaphorically as the dark clouds that surrounded the club over the final two years of Mick McCarthy’s reign have disappeared.
Even in those moments of frustration there was a difference, where before it had been boo’s and angry shouts aimed at the dugout, here there was constant shouts of encouragement like a weight had been removed from everyone.
Town Supporters are not asking for much, they just want to see a team that they can be proud of without question.
Although Saturday was not great there were hints at what is to come.
Bartosz Bialkowski kept rolling the ball out at every opportunity, Edwards showed how important exciting direct wing play will be and of course the late equaliser that signifies Paul Hurst’s desire to keep going to the very end - regardless of it being luck rather than design.
Little hints, but evidence that it could be exciting when Hurst has had time to mould it all together and get the team playing to his tune.
This is certainly a long-term project – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Last season Town’s defence found inexplicable ways of conceding and that continued Saturday, it is something that Hurst must address for this bright future to become reality.
Town will look to base their future on the way England played at this Summer’s World Cup with lots of inexperienced but young and hungry players providing the tools to play a high tempo pressing game – we enjoyed the summer could we see another nice surprise in 45 games time?
It will take time to unburden the players with the shackles of the previous regime and it was evident that they are clearly needing more bodies, which is likely to happen with Thursday’s deadline on the horizon.
Once Thursday passes Hurst will know all the pieces he has at his disposure, then we can really start to make judgements about how this season will pan out.
It was an indifferent start on Saturday, but a point gained and an air of positivity and excitement about the club again shows the dark days of the last two season is well and truly in the past.