It was just what the doctor ordered.
After successive defeats to open the season, Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Millwall will have injected confidence into Mick McCarthy’s side at just the right time.
By all accounts it was far from spectacular football at Portman Road, but against a lacklustre Millwall it didn’t need to be.
What was important was to ensure we didn’t get into a losing run too early into the season.
Rather than being travel sick, it was our home form that saw us slide down to the wrong end of the table last year — taking until November 10 to register our first home league win against Burnley.
So to get off to a winning start in Suffolk at the first attempt this time around was particularly pleasing, though given our strong away backing so far this season I was a little disappointed only a fraction over 17,000 turned up.
Saturday’s victory coincided with the return of Aaron Cresswell and showed what a difference he makes to our left-hand side.
Over the years we have seen our best players move on to finance the club but I’m a big fan of ‘our Cressie’ and feel McCarthy needs to keep hold of the Merseyside-born player if we are serious about a top six challenge this season.
Relegated Queens Park Rangers are a side who are packed with quality players and, like Reading, travelling to Harry Redknapp’s side will be another tough test on Saturday.
I’m sure they will be one of the sides to be in contention for an automatic place with Charlie Austin and Richard Dunne among the arrivals.
But playing them before they have settled into a rhythm, having failed to live up to their billing in their opening games, can only be a good thing.
Plenty of hard work will be needed at Loftus Road if we are to return with anything, but under McCarthy, ‘grafters’ seems to now be our middle name.