Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers believes battle for a top-six finish will go right to the wire

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Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers believes the battle for a top-six finish will go right down to the wire.

The Blues are just two points adrift of the play-off places heading into their final seven games of the campaign, with back-to-back away games against Blackburn (tomorrow) and Huddersfield (next Tuesday) next on the agenda.

And with those above them faltering under the pressure, Mick McCarthy’s consistent performers are starting to hit form at just the right time following an eight-day spell which included wins against Brighton and Derby, as well as a draw against Nottingham Forest.

“I think it’s going to go right down to the wire,” said Chambers, whose side host Sheffield Wednesday in their curtain-closer at lunchtime on May 3.

“We’re playing catch-up at he minute, but that could all change very quickly. We’re just happy with the way we’re going and if we can sneak in on the last day then all the better.

“To be honest I haven’t really looked too much at the table. All we can do is focus on ourselves. That’s what we did last week and we took a massive step forward with seven points.

“We’re not all walking around saying ‘wouldn’t it be great to play against so and so next season’ and discussing the prospect of promotion. We’re not talking about it, we’re just quietly going about our business and continuing to do what we’ve done all season.”

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He continued: “We may have one of the smallest squads and used the fewest amount of players, but we’ve always felt we had top six quality.

“You know with this gaffer that he will produce a team that gets results.

“We all play for him and everyone who comes through the door seems to buy into what we’re about.

“We feel we can beat anyone; we have done all season. The margins of defeat against the leading teams have always been small and those wins against Brighton and Derby have just backed up our belief.

“If we do make the play-offs we feel we’ll have as good a chance as anyone.”

On the next two games, Blackburn (11th) having drawn their last four and Huddersfield (16th) without a win in six, Chambers said: “I don’t look past six points. If we want to get in the play-offs then we have got to go for six points.

“We’ll just continue to do what we have done from day one. It’s put us in a great position heading into the last seven games so we’ll just keep calm.”