BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Luke Chambers calls on Ipswich Town to end Dutch tour with win
PAUL Jewell might be more interested in improving match sharpness and fitness rather than results during the two-game tour of the Netherlands.
But Luke Chambers has called on his new Town team mates to end the five-day trip with a victory over Den Bosch tonight (6pm ko GMT) and send the Blues’ travelling support back to England happy.
Chambers made his Town debut in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Helmond Sport and he would love nothing more than to sign off with a win.
He said: “The result (against Helmond) isn’t important – as it’s all about getting the fitness levels right – but we still don’t want to lose and we’ve managed to get a draw which gives us something to build on for tonight’s game.
“The boys are all looking forward to the game against Den Bosch and hoping to sign off with a win.”
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The centre-back was handed the armband on his debut after Carlos Edwards was taken off in Tuesday night’s draw.
Chambers overcame a sticky start to put in an assured display alongside Damien Delaney and the pair should again line-up together tonight.
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Chambers said: “Personally I felt a bit rusty at the start, but that’s to be expected with it being the first game of pre-season.
“It was a nice touch from Carlos to hand me the armband when he went off. I think the gaffer has said he wants Carlos to be his captain because he did tremendously well last year.
“That’s credit to Carlos and fair play to him, I haven’t come here demanding to be captain and I wouldn’t want to do that anyway.
“If the gaffer wanted to speak to me about it then that’s fine, but at the minute I just want to concentrate on getting my form right for the start of the season.”
Town boss Paul Jewell will once again prioritise improving match fitness above everything else for tonight’s friendly, with only Lee Martin, Joe Whight and Ronan Murray not getting any pitch-time on Tuesday night.
Martin, unlike his younger team mates, was not risked due to a “slight niggle” and while both manager and player alike will want him to feature, there will be no risks taken.
It is understood Jewell has no other injuries to concern him although Ryan Stevenson spent an extended time after the Helmond match with fitness coach Andy Liddell. The midfielder was taken off at half-time during the 1-1 draw.
The trio of trialists – keeper Marian Kello, left-back Soualio Bakayoko and left-winger Plaisir Bahamboula – should also feature as they look to win a contract with Ipswich.
New keeper Scott Loach, who will be unveiled this afternoon, will have to wait until next week’s friendlies at Braintree on Tuesday or Cambridge United on Wednesday to make his debut.
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