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‘We need to make it a real, proper derby’ - Chambers wants fans on edge of their seats

PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 September 2018

Luke Chambers knows how important a victory over Norwich can be for Ipswich Town. Picture: STEVE WALLER/PAGEPIX

Luke Chambers knows how important a victory over Norwich can be for Ipswich Town. Picture: STEVE WALLER/PAGEPIX


Luke Chambers has challenged his Ipswich Town players to put the Portman Road crowd on the edge of their seats during a clash with Norwich he expects to be played with added ‘edge’.

The Blues are expecting a crowd of more than 25,000 for the first East Anglian derby of the season as the Suffolk side look to end a nine-year, 10-game winless run against the men from Carrow Road.

Captain Chambers has challenged his side, which is likely to largely be comprised of players making their derby debuts, to make a name for themselves as they look to move away from the foot of the Championship table.

“We know it means a lot to people if we win,” Chambers said. “It gives them the bragging rights and it would give the whole town a lift.

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“We know what this game is all about. It’s all about the town and the surrounding area. I think everyone who lives here supports Ipswich Town.

“There will be an edge to the game – no doubt about that – and I think we’ll try to add that to our game.

“We’ve maybe missed that in the last few years. I don’t think we’ve made it a real, proper derby.

“We have some players in the team now who like a bit of a battle and enjoy putting in the tackles, so hopefully we can put our fans on the edge of their seats and right behind us all the way. These guys can be a massive help for us this weekend.

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“I know the fans won’t want us to be going into the international break still looking for our first win of the season and neither do we. You want to put that pressure on the game because it’s such a massive game.

“We need to be taking all three points and we’re at home so it’s a huge opportunity for the lads – seven or eight of them just starting out in their Ipswich careers – to make names for themselves. Why not Sunday?”

It looked as if Chambers had ended Town’s winless run against the old enemy at Carrow Road in February, with a headed goal in the 89th minute, only for Timm Klose to grab a heart-breaking equaliser deep in stoppage time.

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“Going into Sunday’s game we are looking to draw on the positives from the last time and also the negatives as well,” Chambers added.

“If we do put ourselves in a position to win, which we haven’t been able to do for a while, we’ll be looking to take advantage of that and continue to hold on.”

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