We owe Blackpool one, declares Ipswich Town defender
Ipswich v Blackpool: Cup final wins, promotion campaigns and, in some unfortunate cases, relegation deciders; they are the moments that usually stand out in players’ careers.
Normally, an away defeat will be dwelled upon for 24-48 hours before being discarded as the team looks ahead to the next game.
But occasionally, a defeat, or the manner of defeat can inflict long-standing scars that take years to heal.
Town have suffered too many of them this season, the most significant of those coming at Blackpool, back in August.
After four points from their first two Championship games and progress in the League Cup, there was a cautious air of optimism as the Blues went to take on last season’s play-off runners-up.
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But in just 90 minutes, Town’s season – despite being in its infancy – had been turned upside down.
The 6-0 defeat in the north west preceded a dismal exit at the hands of Carlisle in the next round of the League Cup three days later, and a run of form which was to produce not a single win in their next 10 games.
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Luke Chambers, making just his fourth start for the club that day, insists the cliche of ‘focusing on the next game’ should be adhered to but conceded that the manner of their Blackpool battering did have a negative effect on the Blues.
And he is determined not to let his team-mates forget what happened that day.
In games like that you just see things falling to pieces around you,” said Chambers.
“As a professional you get yourself into a position to go to places like Blackpool and come away with a result.
“To get hurt as we did is something you don’t forget and will always be with you.
“You shouldn’t dwell on defeats but we went on a bad run after that so maybe we did.
“That game will definitely be in the back of my mind and we owe them one.
“We were probably the better team in the first half but conceded a sloppy goal then conceded out of nothing just before half-time and that took the wind out of our sails.
“If any of the boys in the dressing room have forgotten that, then I will be reminding them of it tomorrow afternoon.”
Meanwhile, despite Blackpool being the latest team to be included in a clutch of teams potentially facing a relegation battle, Chambers revealed he is not taking any notice of the results of other teams.
“You can’t rely on anyone else and we have got to start winning quickly, otherwise it is not going to be a very good finish for us,” he said.
“I don’t care who is in and around us, I only concentrate on us and it is important we try and replicate what we do during the week, in training, in our games.”