Ipswich Town hoping to be on the spot against Stevenage
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Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers is determined not to pay the penalty, should the Blues be forced into spot-kicks against League Two Stevenage, in the first round of the Capital One Cup, at Portman Road, tonight.
Town start as clear favourites to win the tie and despite making 10 changes for the game, will still be able to field a starting 11 made up primarily of seasoned professionals, including Christophe Berra, Jonathan Douglas, David McGoldrick and Brett Pitman.
And they will be out to end Mick McCarthy’s cup jinx at Portman Road, the Blues boss having never won a cup tie during his time in charge of the Blues.
Chambers is also hopeful of a win but is sure his side will be prepared should Stevenage, who defeated Town in the same competition at Broadhall Way, in 2013, take them all the way.
“I think the last time I took a penalty was at Nottingham Forest against Notts County,” recalled Chambers.
“We beat them on penalties and I put mine in the top corner.
“If penalties do come round again, I will be ready to take one as I am sure the rest of the boys will be.
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“We don’t want to be out of the cup, and hopefully another win will take us into Saturday’s game (at home to Sheffield Wednesday) nicely.”
Chambers was in the Town side beaten by Stevenage just over two years ago, and is not taking Teddy Sheringham’s team lightly, despite their opening day 2-0 home defeat to Notts County.
“We found it tough a couple of years ago, it won’t be easy this time and obviously there has been a change of management there,” he added.
“But we will be doing everything we can to be in the next round.”
Meanwhile, Chambers has mixed memories of the only time his path has crossed with Sheringham’s.
“I played against him when I was about 17 for Northampton against Portsmouth and they battered us 5-2,” he said.
“I got his shirt as it was one of my first starts as a player.
“That was a rarity as I have never really collected shirts, I don’t see the point. I am not going to put them up on my wall and I am not one to organise everything so I wouldn’t know where half of them were.”