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SKIPPER: WE'RE READY FOR VILLA CHALLENGE

17 August 2018

Chambo looking for Town to bounce back from cup disappointment

Luke Chambers says it’s vital that Town don’t let the positivity around the Club drift away as Blues take on one of the promotion favourites on Saturday.

Aston Villa arrive at Portman Road on the back of a perfect return of three wins from three games this term, while Blues’ Carabao Cup exit on penalties at Exeter in midweek followed an undeserved defeat at Rotherham last weekend.

“We are a work in progress at the moment. There has been a big turnaround in players and some of the lads have not had a pre-season with us so things are going to take time but the Championship waits for no one,” the Town skipper told the Club website.
 
“The manager had some strong words to say in the dressing-room and to the press after the Exeter game and we have to respond to that.

“Every manager has a different way of going about things and as professional footballers you have to react to what is asked of you.

“I don’t think any player goes out not to give it absolutely everything. Our attitude should never be questioned and we have got this far in the game as professional footballers so we need to respond in the right way and show that we can perform at the levels required.

“That’s the same if you have just started out or have been in the game a long time. You have to show you can deal with the criticism and react in a positive way and all the boys in the dressing-room will be looking to do that on Saturday.

“There has been a lot of positivity around the place lately and we don’t want that to drift away. Yes, we should have had better results than we’ve had - and I think we have deserved better results - but it’s only three games, two in the league.

“We have been in the unusual position perhaps of being the favourites in those three games. We won’t be against an Aston Villa side that you would expect to be competing at the top of the league.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us but we seem to thrive on being the underdog and are relishing the 90 minutes.”

Read more from Chambo, who is as straight-talking as ever, in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.


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