Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has ‘lost respect’ for Steve Evans following Leeds United manager’s post-defeat sour grapes

A fist pumping Luke Chambers celebrates after the Ipswich Town V Leeds United (Championship) match a

A fist pumping Luke Chambers celebrates after the Ipswich Town V Leeds United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 12 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says he has lost respect for Steve Evans following the Leeds manager’s less-than-complimentary comments about the Blues following his team’s 2-1 defeat at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

Souleymane Doukara put the visitors in front after just 13 seconds, but Town became increasingly dominant, equalised through Chambers’ 50th minute header and secured a fully deserved victory through Brett Pitman’s stoppage-time goal.

Evans called the referee ‘garbage’ afterwards, had to be calmed down by security staff in the tunnel and then dismissed Ipswich as a long-ball team. He said: “If that’s the benchmark (for sixth) then I’ll take that benchmark.”

“Myself and the boys felt very disappointed by his post-match comments, having read them after the game,” said Chambers, writing his matchday programme column for Saturday’s Championship home clash with Preston.

“I don’t know whether he’s addressing the Leeds supporters who weren’t at the game to try and save face but I’ve no idea where he’s coming from.

“Yes, they look the lead and had a good 10/15 minute spell but after that it was one-way traffic. For him to then disrespect us as a team and say that if we are the benchmark for sixth place then he will take that, is honestly quite staggering.

“At the end of the day, we’ve walked away with six points off them this season and we are the ones who are in the play-off places fighting to get into the Premier League.

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“I had a lot of respect for him before the game but I’ve lost some of that now.”