Now last season this would have been a daunting prospect, but these days, three games at home in a row should be something to look forward to. Our first four league matches at Portman Road this time around ended in 2-0 victories, and we followed this up more recently with a couple of 1-0 wins, so our home form this term is exceedingly good.
The weekend results were not especially kind to us, and we now find ourselves outside the automatic promotion places. Another three wins on the bounce could change all that if we can continue to win at home. This enforced break from league football does give the squad a chance to regroup. There is every hope too that Kane Vincent-Young, Cole Skuse and Flynn Downes will be much nearer to full fitness, and we will need them in what will be a long old season.
Our first League One encounter is against Shrewsbury Town. They are really struggling at the wrong end of the table, and we would expect to take all three points. Next up on a Tuesday night is Hull City, and they will be an entirely different proposition. They are beatable though, as Fleetwood Town have proven, and they have already lost three of their first eleven games.
Three home matches in seven days will test the strength of our squad. We urgently need to be more of a threat going forward, and that is why it is pleasing to see that James Norwood and Kayden Jackson are getting close to full match fitness. We cannot rely on our midfield to continue to find the net so frequently.
Charlton Atheltic is our third home match, and they will not be easy. I would go as far as to say that they will probably give us our greatest challenge. The hope is that our confidence levels will be sufficiently high by then – especially if we can glean six points from Shrewsbury Town and Hull City.
Home form is critical if we are to get out of this dreaded division, and playing without supporters has not hindered our progress so far. We will have to continue to blow the ball into the net from afar, and trust in the team to find ways of breaking down defences. There are no easy games in this league, so remaining focussed on the job in hand is absolutely vital.