‘I’m very much enjoying it... the new lads are like a breath of fresh air’ - Chambers on life under Hurst
PUBLISHED: 06:00 30 August 2018
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Captain Luke Chambers is enjoying life at Ipswich Town under new manager Paul Hurst and believes the Blues will get things right as long as everyone sticks together.
Chambers was Mick McCarthy’s trusted captain during the former manager’s reign at Portman Road and has kept the armband under Hurst, starting at the heart of the Town defence in each of the new manager’s six games in charge.
Those games have yet to produce a win, heading into Sunday’s showdown with Norwich, but the Blues skipper is enjoying the early days working under his new boss.
“I’m very much enjoying it,” he said.
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“I’m feeling very fit and strong and I think the whole squad have benefited from what we’ve been doing. Some of the boys have come in later and are still adjusting to where the manager wants them to be, but the international break will be a chance for everyone to get some extra work in.
“But for me personally I’m very much enjoying it. I’m enjoying having the ball – I haven’t always been someone who smacks it in the channels all the time so I do enjoy playing ‘football’.
“We need to keep believing, keep confidence high and I’m sure we’ll turn the corner.
“If you are the captain you have to build a relationship with the manager and the staff and I think we’re doing that. I think all the lads are in it together.
“With the new lads coming in it’s been a breath of fresh air with some of the attitudes and their approach to things, but we’re moving forward and cracking on for the manager and trying to put into place what he’s trying to do.”
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Ipswich sit bottom of the Championship heading into Sunday’s derby game, with seven of the nine goals conceded this season coming from set pieces.
“You are concerned, of course you are,” Chambers said.
“I haven’t looked at the league but I know where we are. But that’s five games in. We could easily be mid-table and we could easily be higher than that if we had taken chances or not conceded silly goals.
“We’ve conceded from set pieces because we’ve not defended properly or done our jobs throughout the team. So when there’s a set piece, first and foremost we need to mark our man, catch or punch if it’s there, head it if it’s there to be headed or throw your body in the way.
“If we do that and add to the performances we’ve shown then I think we’ll be ok.”
A new central defender is high on Hurst’s shopping list ahead of tomorrow’s loan deadline, with Chambers agreeing recruiting in his position should be a priority.
“We need another centre half because it’s just me and Toto (Nsiala) really, as out-and-out centre halves,” he said.
“We’ve got Woolfy (Luke Woolfenden) who’s done very well in pre-season but it’s a tough ask to ask someone so young to come in and be a regular for us if required.
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“We definitely need numbers there, there’s no secret there, and we could probably do with two more.
“That’s what you want, the competition. I want to be playing on merit – I feel like I’m playing well at the moment but I want to be challenged.
“I think the gaffer’s made no secret that, me especially and a lot of the boys who were here last season have to produce the goods for him. We’re trying to do that.
“I’ve never rested on my laurels as a professional and it’s my job to go out there and do as well as I can and do the best I can for me and the club.”