‘It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what our problem is’ – Chambers on set-pieces frailties and referee frustration

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 07 September 2018

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers berates referee Andy Davies in the home game against Blackburn. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers berates referee Andy Davies in the home game against Blackburn. Photo: Steve Waller

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Captain Luke Chambers has voiced strong frustrations at some of the refereeing decisions that have gone against Ipswich Town this season, but admits the players need to do more to help themselves.

Luke Chambers says it 'doesn't a take a rocket scientist' to work out that the team's weakness has been defending set-pieces. Photo: Steve WallerLuke Chambers says it 'doesn't a take a rocket scientist' to work out that the team's weakness has been defending set-pieces. Photo: Steve Waller

The Blues go into the first international break of the season 23rd in the Championship table, out of the Carabao Cup and still winless after seven matches in all competitions.

Tayo Edun and Toto Nsiala have both been shown controversial red cards against Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday respectively, while seven of the nine goals the Blues have conceded have come either directly or indirectly from set-pieces.

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“We are not being opened up in games,” said Chambers, that assertion backed up the stat that Town have conceded the fewest attempts on goal in the division so far.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that our problem is that we have conceded too many goals from set-pieces, including from free-kicks.

“We have to stop diving in and giving the referee a decision to make because, with the quality in the Championship, it can cost you – and it’s costing us at the moment.”

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Speaking in the club programme, he continued: “Toto missed a big game on Sunday and will miss two more on top of that. In my opinion, that’s nonsense. That decision was beyond me.

Captain Luke Chambers is one of only three players to have started every league game under new boss Paul Hurst. Photo: Steve WallerCaptain Luke Chambers is one of only three players to have started every league game under new boss Paul Hurst. Photo: Steve Waller

“He makes a good tackle – actually it was a good pass made with his laces and the opponent jumps in late and two-footed.

“I watched the matches on TV the following day and I saw challenges that were clearly worth a red card but weren’t even seen as fouls. There is just no consistency through the leagues.

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“I’m not sure referees know what to do anymore because there has been so much manoeuvring of the laws. But there are jobs on the line here.

“Some of the decisions we have had lately make you question whether we are actually playing football anymore. And when I have gone up to referees to ask for an explanation on a decision, sometimes they look at you like you’re an alien!

“It’s a difficult job refereeing games now and they are human beings who make mistakes, like we all do. I’d like to see officials come out and say sorry though if they got a big decision wrong.

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“I think there would be a lot more respect in the game if that happened.”

He added: “There are signs of things coming together for us and patience is a key word with so many new players coming in.

“But, as I’ve said before, this league doesn’t wait for anyone so we know we need to start picking up points.”

Town return to action with a trip to Hull next Saturday before hosting Brentford at Portman Road three days later.

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