Former Nottingham Forest man Luke Chambers wants to derail Premier League hopefuls Derby County, with Ipswich Town
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Luke Chambers is determined to end the season on a high at Ipswich Town, while dealing a blow to Derby County’s confidence, ahead of the Rams’ play-off semi final games with Hull City.
Town skipper Chambers, who is nine games away from making 200 appearances for the Blues, spent five-and-a-half years with the Rams’ bitter rivals, Nottingham Forest, scoring 21 times in 229 games.
The skipper’s priority is to send the Town fans home happy, following a season that promised so much but ultimately delivered so little, but the 30-year-old is also keen to get one over Darren Wassall’s side, given his battles against Derby, with Forest, in the past.
“It was important that we got a win at home last week (against MK Dons) especiallly in front of the fans who have not had much to shout about,” said Chambers, whose side will finish in seventh or eighth this season.
“We would love to finish on a win and we would love to go there (Derby) and upset them like we did Middlesbrough.
“The gaffer will have his team in mind and we will try and finish on a high as we don’t want to go up there and does ourselves an injustice.
“We want to derail any team that’s going for the play-offs and with my Forest links I will be doing all I can to beat them.”
He added: “When I was at Forest there was a massive rivalry and we had some good games and some incidents that happened, but having played there it was no secret about the love lost between the teams.
“When I was at Forest we were finishing third in the league and fifth and sixth, and making the play-offs two years running, and they (Derby) were struggling, so it shows how the power has maybe shifted a little bit.
“Forest have obviously been under a transfer embargo but there still got some very, very good players and they’re paying massive money down there.
“But in this division, money can’t buy you success. The top-six have mainly proved that it can, but there are teams like Forest and Blackburn still with big budgets, I could go on with teams down there and we have definitely punched above our weight this year.
“That said, we are still massively disappointed.”