Written by Liam Young
The international break is over. It is back to Championship action with the Tractor Boys as they head north to face Hull City, still looking for that first win of the season.
It has been a frustrating beginning to the campaign with Town being competitive in all their games so far but have not got the points to back it up.
Mistakes have been costly and at this level it is very rare that they don’t get punished as Paul Hurst’s new squad are finding out.
In their last game before the break, Town held a lead against their bitterest rivals but just like in past seasons – including last season’s stoppage time heartbreaker at Carrow Road – they could not see it through.
The opening games against the two promoted sides saw a similar ruthless punishment as they were forced to settle for a point against Blackburn before surrendering all three at Rotherham.
We can rake through all the games so far and pick out crucial moments that has cost the team so far but that won’t make any difference to what has been.
All that matters are lessons have been learnt and for Ipswich this two-week period has been a god send.
There have been very few periods in Paul Hurst’s tenure where he has had time to work with his squad and help them to gel with plenty late arrivals during the window.
But these two weeks will have allowed him time to work with all his players to get the balance right and start winning football matches.
The KC Stadium will be the first place to see if the players can show the fans that the break has done wonders.
Hull City have struggled the last couple of seasons and this term looks no different as the Tigers hover just above the early relegation places.
Town faced a tricky set of fixtures prior to the break so if they are going to get that long awaited win then they will get no better chance than against another early season struggler.
A win sets them up nicely into consecutive home games, who knows the picture may look a lot rosier in the space of just a week.
All that is required is that first win to make that picture a reality.