Written by Liam Young
So, it wasn’t a win, but this result could be the catalyst that Paul Hurst has been looking for to ignite this new era.
It has been a sticky start to life at Portman Road for the former Shrewsbury boss with only 2 pointsfrom a possible 9 and an early exit from the Carabao Cup to League 2 Exeter City.
In my piece before the visit of the Villains, I urged patience as both players and management find their feet at this level.
Although the results seem to be alluding the team there are signs, little sparks, that suggest that this rocky spell is just the bedding in process before it finally clicks into the managers grand design.
The opening day they didn’t play well but a late equaliser showed resilience to keep persevering, at Rotherham they dictated proceedings but just lack that killer edge before yesterday showing more stomach for the fight after being down to 10 for just over half the match.
And there is an improvement in the football but being more expansive does make you more vulnerable but given the choice – fans would rather see that than the lack football of the previous regime.
Under McCarthy, players were forced to be structured making it difficult to be beaten – good if you have an exceptional attack – but Town which curtailed lots of talented players from expressing themselves.
Under Hurst you can already see players like Gwion Edwards expressing himself and not being bound by a structure that kills creative talents.
Yesterday Edwards should have scored but he is willing to overload the box by arriving late from his wing like he did against Blackburn.
Same with Trevor Chalabah, who shows a lot of promise in commanding the middle of the park but is given the freedom to get forward, which he showed with a fine finish to grab the equaliser.
Town were not overawed by stronger opponents and the signs look good that every team that arrive in Suffolk will be given a really hard time.
To go behind and recover was rather pleasing, and Town had chances to win it but a point feels just as good as a win after the sending off first day hero Edun.
The lad is only young and does lack experience, but he should know that once you have a yellow card, you walk a tightrope for the rest of the game.
His first yellow was debatable but the second was no question and whatever the rights and wrongs of the first one he should not be making a silly challenge – he will learn.
It was a battling performance and Town just need a break but if they keep putting in the
application they have shown so far then that elusive win can’t be that far away.