Chambo is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, but insists there's no room for sentiment
Luke Chambers is looking forward to seeing some friendly faces at his former club, Nottingham Forest, but insists there’s no room for sentiment throughout the 90 minutes and he’s fully focussed on helping Town to three points.
The skipper spent five years at Saturday’s visitors before sealing a move to the Blues in 2012, and he is expecting a difficult game against a team whose season isn’t dead and buried yet.
“It’s going to be a very tough game because they’re still wanting to progress and I think they’ll have in the back of their mind that if they could put a good run together they might even sneak into the Play-Offs,” Chambo told Ipswich Player HD.
“We know they’re going to be a very strong team and they’re going to come here having lost three in a row so they’ll be difficult to beat because they’ll probably try and soak up a lot of pressure.
“We’re at home, so it’s down to us to make things happen and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.
“There will be faces in the background and players that are still there from my time at Forest. It will be great to see Chris Cohen back because he’s had a terrible time with injuries and he’s a good friend of mine.
“I’m looking forward to catching up with him but there’s been a lot of changes at the club, but that’s in the back of my mind. I had a fantastic few years up there, and it will be nice to see some of the faces there but I won’t be friends with them during the game.”
Mick McCarthy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Cole Skuse has recovered quicker than expected and could be in line to return at Bolton on Tuesday, although he will remain out for tomorrow’s game. David McGoldrick is also nearing ever closer to his return to action having trained on Friday for the first time since tearing his hamstring in November. Luke Hyam and Piotr Malarczyk will return after their respective injuries, but Ryan Fraser, Teddy Bishop [both hamstring], and Giles Coke [knee] remain out.
Forest will be without Andy Reid, Matty Fryatt, Daniel Pinillos, Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga for the trip to Portman Road as the four remain long-term absentees for Dougie Freedman’s side. Ryan Mendes, however, will be available for selection after returning from injury after three weeks out in last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Bristol City.
Where They Stand
Town – 9th
Nottingham Forest – 15th
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Last Time They Met
It was late heartbreak for Town the last time they faced Forest as an old face came back to haunt the Blues at the City Ground. Liam Trotter scored in the final minute of stoppage time to deny Town all three points after a cracking finish from Jonathan Parr had opened the scoring with less than twenty minutes to play. The draw was to be the final game in which Town failed to pick up all three points on the road for the next two months as they embarked on a five-match win streak.
The midfielder on-loan from Fulham bagged his first goal in a Town shirt in last weekend’s away win at Huddersfield and insisted in his post-match interview with Ipswich Player HD that he hopes to add more to his game. Assists are also something which Pringle will look to have a number of, and his deliveries from set-pieces thus far have caused a number of problems for opposing defences, although the Blues are yet to convert from one of them.
Luke Chambers said on Thursday that he believed Chris Cohen would have been a regular in the Premier League had he not suffered a spate of serious injuries. He has recently broken back into the side after his latest long-term absence as he completed his first first-team 90 minutes in last weekend’s defeat at Bristol City. He could be just what Forest need in their team to regain their form after three successive league defeats.
Sky Bet Odds
Town – 11/10
Draw – 9/4
Nottingham Forest – 13/5
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referees: Robert Hyde & Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Neil Davies