Luke Chambers says Ipswich Town have got to be less one-dimensional

Skipper Luke Chambers applauds the fans following the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Championship) match a

Skipper Luke Chambers applauds the fans following the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 06 August 2016. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers says the team has got to start trying to entertain the fans more ahead of tonight’s Championship clash with Brighton at Portman Road (7.45pm ko).

Injuries to several creative sparks contributed to a series of forgettable affairs during the second half of last season.

There was plenty of talk about the style of football evolving over the summer, but the Blues have produced, on average, just three shots on target per game over the last nine matches.

Target man Daryl Murphy has moved on, but the direct approach has remained and manager Mick McCarthy is coming in for increased criticism for his safety-first tactical approach.

“Obviously the performance wasn’t good enough from start to finish at Leeds,” said Chambers.

“We’re working on a few things. We’ve definitely got to try and play a bit more football because Saturday we didn’t do any of that at all. We probably passed it three or four times in the first half, but after that there wasn’t really much else.

“It’s an entertainment business at the end of the day and people are paying a lot of money to come and watch us play.”

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With target man Murphy having moved on to Newcastle recently, Chambers continued: “Murph was a massive player for us.

“He’s someone that, if we were playing it long, he’d make it stick for us. It definitely has been an adjustment.

“But that’s not an excuse for not performing and not playing well.

“When a team sits off us we can’t just put the ball on top of them because, if we do, then they’ll just eat it up, like Leeds did on Saturday.

“We’ve got to have a bit more nous to create a different way.

“I do feel we’ve got a very, very strong squad and the additions we’ve made can make a real difference for us.

“Jonny Williams has come in this week and provided a buzz, Wardy (Grant Ward) has come in and done very well, Tom Lawrence has done well, while Leon Best looks ready to go and will be a threat.

“We’ve got a lot of attacking talent we need to get the ball to. Hopefully it all gels quickly and things click for us soon.

“We can’t just play one-dimensional.”

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