Captain Chambers happy to prove his worth in attack
Luke Chambers was delighted to be able to contribute at both ends of the field during Saturday’s 1-0 win at MK Dons, as he continues his transition from centre-back to full-back.
The Ipswich skipper provided an inch-perfect cross for Brett Pitman’s headed goal at stadium:mk, before playing his part at the back in the closing stages as the Blues hung on, with the hosts putting them under pressure as they searched for a late leveller.
Much has been made of Chambers’ role as Mick McCarthy’s right-back, given he’s naturally a centre-half, but with the situation unlikely to change due to the form of Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra, the 29-year-old is looking to make the best of things and embrace his adopted position.
“It wasn’t a bad ball, it’s something I am looking to do and thankfully one’s gone in,” Chambers said of his precision cross.
“I’ve had a few decent crosses this year which we’ve got on the end of but it’s not gone in. I’m trying to do my bit for the team so I’m delighted we’ve scored off one of my crosses.
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“There’s been no secret that I’m a centre-half playing right back but I’m trying to be a right-back now, because it doesn’t look like I’m going to be playing in the middle.
“I’ll do what I can from there for the team and for the manager and hopefully help us push on.”
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Saturday’s win was the first time the Blues have won three away games in a row since January 2009, which Chambers believes is vital given the amount of points his side have dropped at home.
“We’re looking forward to Tuesday now which is another hard game away from home (at Fulham), we’ve won three in a row away from home which is something the club hasn’t done for six years,” he said.
“We’re trying to improve our away form which has been good so far. Our home form hasn’t been too great of late with too many draws, so we know we can improve on that, but we’re taking each game as it comes and if we perform the way we can then we’re going to win games.
“Teams know about us, we’re not a surprise package and we’re expected to be up in the top six at least, so that’s what we’re aiming for. We have to deal with that pressure and the fans have stuck with us, even when we had a sticky couple of months, which I think we’ve come through.”