Tough-tackling Ipswich Town are back, says Luke Chambers

Luke Chambers

Luke Chambers - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers believes a return to tough tackling has helped the Blues turn around their recent slump in form.

Town head into the televised clash at Charlton Athletic tomorrow on the back of two victories from their last three games – a run that followed a sequence of just one win from their previous 10 Championship matches.

During their sticky spell, Town were brushed aside 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers and while that game did not bring an immediate change in fortunes, it did act as a wake-up call for the Blues.

“You don’t want to be seen as a team that does not tackle or is not physical but we possibly had that after our first five games (of the season),” said Chambers, who is one booking away from a one-match ban.

“We were not tackling or getting about teams as much.

“We went to Blackburn and they did to us what we had been doing to other teams.

“That was a wake-up call, but I think maybe teams also looked at us last year and based their game on what we did to teams.

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“It was always going to be difficult in the second season.

“But we are in a really good place at the moment, despite the disappointing result last Saturday (against Wolves).”

That game saw Town twice throw away the lead against mid-table Wolves and Chambers is desperate to eradicate the type of errors that saw two points dropped against Kenny Jackett’s side.

“It’s (defending) not been great and we have always relied on our team being defensively sound,” Chambers added

“We are giving away the rubbish goals. We have got to stop that and only the boys in the dressing room can do it by working hard and concentrating for 90 minutes, not just 80.”

Charlton have won their last two games, however, the Addicks fans remain disgruntled with the club’s board – interim boss Karel Fraeye the sixth name to take charge of the team since Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet took the club over in January 2014.

A fans’ protest inside The Valley has been planned for the second minute of tomorrow’s game.

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