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23 January 2021

Skipper following today's game

Luke Chambers spoke to iFollow Ipswich following today's 1-0 defeat to Peterborough.

A second-half own goal from Mark McGuinness was enough for the visitors to take all three points at Portman Road.

Here's what the Club captain said:

Chambo what was your assessment on today's game?

Frustrated. It's always difficult to relay how you are feeling just half an hour after the game has finished. It's a very difficult way to lose a game but then we did get away with one in the first half [Peterborough missed penalty]. It's a tough one for Mark [McGuinness] because he has given his all for the Club since he arrived. It's the nature of football - he was the hero last week and he's the so called 'villain' last week. It's not all down to Mark, though, I thought he defended well today. I put my arm around him at the end and said it's something all defenders will go through. There will be no one more frustrated in Ipswich today than him. It's not been good enough recently, we got the result last week but we have to take our chances when they come.


Mark will beat himself up but how important is it that he picks himself up and goes again?

He's going to have a long career in the game. I think he feels, well we all feel, that we worked really hard in the game and I don't think you can question the lads' commitment whenever they step up on the pitch. We probably gave a decent account of ourselves defensively today so to get that far and then concede in that manner is disappointing. But in a way it's not about that. We have to take our chances when they come and we have to produce. We have to do more on the pitch individually and collectively.


You had your arm around Mark after the final whistle, what were you saying to him?

We've all taken criticism as players at this football club because where we are and what's happening isn't good enough. We still find ourselves in a positive position in this division with games in hand, though. I was saying that you just have to get on with it. What can you do? I could stand here and say a million things but it's not going to make anyone happier, you're still going to get stick. That's regardless of whether you're playing in an empty stadium or playing away from home. People will see the game and what can you do? If your best wasn't good enough it's not because you haven't tried to give your best. That's life and that's football, you have to try and move on. Now we just have to try and be as well prepared as we can for Tuesday. That's what I said to him. He's doing really well as a player and we have a lot of young players that are doing well. But at the end of the day you want to be in a winning team. We haven't nailed that form yet and we need to do it quickly. What can we do, though, pack in? I won't and the guys won't. We won't give up.


The full interview is available to watch on iFollow Ipswich.

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