Audio: Luke Chambers on killing time on the bus, Ipswich Town’s young players and conceding goals

Luke Chambers (right) and teammates celebrate Daryl Murphy's (9) goal during the Ipswich Town v Wolv

Luke Chambers (right) and teammates celebrate Daryl Murphy's (9) goal during the Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 November 2015. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers discusses the Blues’ travel arrangements, the club’s youngsters and keeping the ball out of the net.

Chambers on conceding goals

“We’ve managed to keep clean sheets when it could easily have gone another way. There’s no way of getting away from it, the opposition have had chances in the last two games, but Bart’s been there when he’s needed to be.

“Under the gaffer we’ve always approached games looking to be hard-to-beat and not concede goals, but we haven’t done that this season. We’ve conceded way too many goals.

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“I wish I knew. As a defender it’s my job to keep goals out. Me personally, I’ve been trying to help out going forwards, trying to improve my attacking game and create gpolas and get on the end of things.

“First and foremost we need to keep clean sheets and thankfully we’ve done that in the last two games. We need to get back to being a solid defensive unit

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How have the young players settled into the dressing room?

“It’s a very easy dressing room to settle into. It’s great to see the young boys coming through. There has been a lot of investment from the chairman in trying to reach Category One and we’re now starting to see the boys come through. They’re given every opportunity to train with the first team.

“James Blanchfield and Andre Dozzell have had an impact in the last couple of weeks and we’re delighted they are pushing the senior ones.

Have they had to sing for the first-team squad?

“Andre was very laid back. I wouldn’t say he sang – he more spoke the words! We actually asked him to get down.”

What do you do to kill time on long bus journeys?

“We’re looked after, the travel we have first class and we go on a bus with plenty of space and we have televisions on there so we can’t complain too much.

“Films, books, TV series and we have a little bit of a card school. Nothing crazy because we don’t want fall-outs on the way to the game, when somebody owes you’re a couple of hundred quid.”

What’s the target for the Bolton and Cardiff games?

“There’s no reason why we can’t continue this run of wins. We’ve got a great opportunity at Bolton because they are having a tough time and we are riding a bit of a wave. If we take care of this one then it will be a massive game on Saturday.

“Looking at our fixtures we have a really good run-in. I would say it’s still in our hands to make the play-offs.”

 

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