It’s just like watching Brazil! Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers feels he is growing into the role of right-back after comparison with Carlos Alberto
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Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers believes he is growing into the role of right-back after his late winner against Doncaster at the weekend drew comparisons with Brazilian legend Carlos Alberto’s famous World Cup Final goal of 1970.
Just minutes after his side had been pegged back to 1-1 at Portman Road, the Blues captain arrived with perfect timing at the back post to a slam a first-time strike across the keeper and seal a crucial 2-1 home win which keeps Town right in the top-six mix heading into the final four games of the Championship campaign.
Chambers revealed recently that he often suffers from bad migranes during games and that a bang to head can leave him with blurred vision and a pins and needles sensation down his right side. He appeared to receive treatment for such a problem in the second period, with McCarthy joking: “He had a bang to the head and thought he was Carlos Alberto! It was a great goal wasn’t it? It was nice to see him get the winner because he’s been excellent Chambo. He’s been playing out-of-position, but you wouldn’t really know it.”
Chambers openly-admits that he would prefer to be playing at centre-back, but – with Christophe Berra having starred alongside Tommy Smith in the heart of defence this season – he has worked hard on improving as a full-back.
“I have tried to bomb forward all season,” said the 28-year-old. “When the play is on the left I like to move up on the right and try and get on the end of things.
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“I have done it quite a few times this season and got on the end of things. I carried on my run and when it fell to me I was able to hit it into the bottom corner.
“I feel as though I’ve definitely improved. It’s not something I’ve always wanted to do, play right-back. Obviously it’s no secret that I still feel my best position is centre-half, but if the gaffer continues to pick me at right-back all I can continue to do is give my all, which is what I’ve always done throughout my career.
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“I’ll continue to work as hard as I possibly can in order to improve. Playing right-back has not been as bad as I thought it might be.”
With Ipswich now only outside the play-off places by virtue of goal difference heading into their final four matches – Watford (a), Bournemouth (h), Burnley (a) and Sheffield Wednesday (h) – Chambers said: “We’ve never doubted ourselves – we’ve always had belief that we could get into this position. It is a massive achievement for us to be where we are and we will keep going right to the end. The Easter weekend is massive for us.”