Reaction: Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers is unlucky play-off loser for sixth time

Wes Hoolihan is closely marked by Luke Chambers

Wes Hoolihan is closely marked by Luke Chambers

Luke Chambers’ luck in play-off games shows no sign of turning after Ipswich Town were defeated 3-1 at Norwich City, 4-2 on aggregate, to miss out on the Championship Play-off final and a game against Middlesbrough on May 25.

After a goalless first half, Town went behind when Christophe Berra handled on the line, resulting in a penalty that was dispatched by Wes Hoolahan and a red card for the Scottish international.

Town levelled however, against the run of play, when Tommy Smith touched home from close range after meeting a Daryl Murphy flick-on.

However, Nathan Redmond fired the Canaries back in front after Bartosz Bialkowski saved Marcus Olsson’s initial effort, before Cameron Jerome put a seal on proceedings after being set clear by Redmond.

The Town skipper has suffered play-off heartache six times now, three with Nottingham Forest, two with Northampton and now, with Town.

The defender thought his luck was going to change on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s my sixth play-off and I have yet to make a final and that makes it even more disappointing; I thought it would be different this year,” he said.

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“I thought we would win the game and make the final, that was my true belief, and I think the boys thought that too, and I had no reason to believe any different until the penalty (Christophe Berra’s sending-off).

“I would say they have had the rub of the green today but they haven’t, it’s a penalty, and we shouldn’t be giving the ball away where we did. That made us vulnerable to the players they have got, players with quality who they have spent a lot of money on.

“Norwich are going to Wembley to face Middlesbrough, one of them will end up in the Premier League, but we will be doing our damndest next year.

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