Will Ipswich improve after the International break?

The feelings around Ipswich at the moment are very much mixed, many fans are pleased with the point the club earned against rivals Norwich City, and others dreading the next championship fixture.

Ipswich Town currently hold a rather unwanted record of being the longest current member of the championship, ever since their relegation from the top division all the way back in 2003 Ipswich haven’t dropped to the lower leagues or made their way back to the top.

The draw from last weekend leaves Ipswich in 23rd, and although early on in the season it still sees them as favourites to break the record of longest spell in the Championship and join the likes of Southend United, Coventry City and Luton Town, unless any of those teams gain promotion or are relegated from League One this year.

Although winless so far this season, it looks as if the draw against Norwich last weekend may have given Town the momentum to go into the International break to prepare for their next fixture away to Hull City. Jonathon Walters left the Republic of Ireland’s squad shortly after they lost 4-1 to Wales so he could improve his match fitness for Ipswich.

Ipswich are, however, one of the best clubs at open play defending, with only two goals against them this season coming from open play. That does however mean there is a lack of composure when it comes to set pieces, the remaining seven goals conceded so far this season have come from corners, direct and indirect free kicks and so on.

With the possible addition of former West Ham United defender James Collins, it may seem Ipswich could finally patch up all the problems they’ve experienced this season and finally get their season starting with a win against Hull City.

Whatever the feeling around Ipswich is, it’s a relief to have the Norwich City game behind us, and even taking a point it means the game with the most pressure doesn’t come around for a fair while, and Ipswich can finally begin to show the fans just how well they can perform as a team.


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