‘They were running around like they’ve won the cup’ - Chambers fuelled by desire to finish above Norwich
PUBLISHED: 12:06 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 19 February 2018
Luke Chambers insists Ipswich Town will be fuelled by a desire to finish above rivals Norwich between now and the end of the season.
Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, in which Chambers scored in the 89th minute for the Blues before Timm Klose levelled deep into added time, leaves both sides marooned in mid-table, eight points from a final play-off place which now seems out of reach for the East Anglian duo.
But Chambers insists finishing above Norwich should now be the Blues’ target, after noting the Canaries’ exuberant celebrations at the final whistle after rescuing a point.
“I don’t think they are a threat, really,” Chambers said. “They had a lot possession, a lot of tippy tappy stuff but they’re not the team they were three years ago when we played them. They are nowhere near that level, hence the league position.
“If you are 1-0 up in the 89th minute then you have to see it out, really. We’re disappointed but we move on and our aim now is to finish above them.
“They are running around like they’ve won the cup in the 95th minute when they’ve spent £200m in the last five years. That just shows you the state of affairs at the moment.”
The Blues now face Cardiff on Wednesday followed by Saturday’s trip to Preston, with Chambers insisting each and every Ipswich player is fighting to ensure a successful end to the campaign.
“I’m not even looking at the league table and we really are taking it game by game, and we’ve got another two in the next few days,” he said.
“Anything can change quickly with two wins in a row or two defeats in a row.
“All we’ve done throughout the season is take it game by game and if we can finish above these (Norwich) and it takes us closer to the play-offs then that’s what we’re aiming for.
“We’re here to do a job for Ipswich Town and everyone who steps on that pitch for this club is fighting tooth and nail to be successful.
“We don’t go out wanting to play poorly and we don’t go out looking to play bad football. We just want to go out and try and get results for us and the fans.
“Their applause at the end shows we’ve done a pretty good job, up until the 95th minute.”