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Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler encouraged by opening day display against Bolton Wanderers

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Wasn’t it great to be back at Portman Road?

The Tractor Boys kicked their 2022/23 League One campaign off with a point against fellow promotion chasers Bolton Wanderers, a game in which most Ipswich Town fans will feel we really should have won.

Wanderers travelled down to Suffolk in high spirits and I have to say for 35 minutes had done an absolute number on the Blues and fully deserved their lead.

Follow our Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler on Twitter: @JoeySadler_
Follow our Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler on Twitter: @JoeySadler_

The high, aggressive press from The Trotters immobilised Ipswich from playing and for a moment I did worry that it wasn’t going to be the start we had all wanted.

But unlike previous years, this team is filled with quality and Lee Evans’ superb equaliser showcased that, after a neat training ground move was matched by a rifling finish.

For me, from that moment onwards it was all Ipswich Town and the second half was an absolute onslaught, with Bolton barely getting out of their own half.

Unfortunately, like the majority of games last season Town were unable to find that decisive winner despite their dominance, which left fans leaving somewhat disappointed.

However, I don’t think we should be worrying whatsoever. Bolton are a side who will be right up there this season and we’ve completely outplayed them, looking a class above at times.

We must remember this is the very first game of the season which allows Kieran McKenna 45 more cracks at get it right, not to mention we’ve got a month left of the transfer window too.

I thought Freddie Ladapo did okay, but seemed to be just a yard behind any passes put through to him.

Kayden Jackson and Tyreece John-Jules looked a real threat, but I think it’s there for all to see that Town do still need ‘that man’, to just put the ball in the back of the net and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve strengthened in that area within the next week.

Forest Green Rovers are up next and a huge opportunity to get our first win of the season this coming Saturday in Gloucestershire.

We all know what happened last year, so it’s vital Town keep racking up the points to ensure it’s party time come next May.