Chopra warns Posh to beware a Blues backlash
MICHAEL Chopra has revealed the strength of hurt felt in the Town dressing room and the desire to bounce straight back against Peterborough United.
Still raw from the humbling 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Southampton, Chopra insists Ipswich will show the nation what they are made of.
And the leading scorer believes Posh boss Darren Ferguson is right to fear a Blues backlash when the two sides meet in front of the Sky cameras at London Road (5.20pm ko).
Chopra said: “Obviously, on Tuesday night and Wednesday, everyone was down and disappointed. But in training on Thursday, everyone was lively and bubbly.
“The good thing is you have games coming around thick and fast, you cannot dwell on things. We have a big game against Peterborough live on Sky and it is a good chance for the lads to put things right and show that we do mean business. There will be probably be a backlash and we want it to come against Peterborough.”
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While blameless for Town’s two home defeats in four days, the former Cardiff City frontman said that every player must take the rap for the recent defensive deficiencies.
He added: “Tuesday night was a bit of a blip and I don’t think that will happen again. We have got some good players in the team and it is just a case of finding the right players and the right positions.
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“The manager got us in on Wednesday to watch the game and go over a few points. It was difficult watching it. We know we have good players in the team – and in the squad – who don’t make those mistakes in training.
“The back four have had a lot of criticism but it starts from the front. We know what our jobs are and we can’t make those mistakes again.”
And of his own start to the season, Chopra added: “I would have liked to score more goals in the last couple of games but it was obviously not meant to be.
“But I think if you said at the start of the season I would have scored two in three games, I would have been happy.
“By my own standards, I was hoping to score in the last couple of games but I will be looking to put that right against Peterborough.”