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We owe Blackpool one, declares Ipswich Town defender

11:46 16 February 2013

Blackpool V Ipswich Blackpool

Blackpool V Ipswich Blackpool's Craig Cathcart and the fans behind the goal celebrate goal number five as the Town defence looks in disarray.

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Ipswich v Blackpool: Cup final wins, promotion campaigns and, in some unfortunate cases, relegation deciders; they are the moments that usually stand out in players’ careers.


Normally, an away defeat will be dwelled upon for 24-48 hours before being discarded as the team looks ahead to the next game.

But occasionally, a defeat, or the manner of defeat can inflict long-standing scars that take years to heal.

Town have suffered too many of them this season, the most significant of those coming at Blackpool, back in August.

After four points from their first two Championship games and progress in the League Cup, there was a cautious air of optimism as the Blues went to take on last season’s play-off runners-up.

But in just 90 minutes, Town’s season – despite being in its infancy – had been turned upside down.

The 6-0 defeat in the north west preceded a dismal exit at the hands of Carlisle in the next round of the League Cup three days later, and a run of form which was to produce not a single win in their next 10 games.

Luke Chambers, making just his fourth start for the club that day, insists the cliche of ‘focusing on the next game’ should be adhered to but conceded that the manner of their Blackpool battering did have a negative effect on the Blues.

And he is determined not to let his team-mates forget what happened that day.

In games like that you just see things falling to pieces around you,” said Chambers.

“As a professional you get yourself into a position to go to places like Blackpool and come away with a result.

“To get hurt as we did is something you don’t forget and will always be with you.

“You shouldn’t dwell on defeats but we went on a bad run after that so maybe we did.

“That game will definitely be in the back of my mind and we owe them one.

“We were probably the better team in the first half but conceded a sloppy goal then conceded out of nothing just before half-time and that took the wind out of our sails.

“If any of the boys in the dressing room have forgotten that, then I will be reminding them of it tomorrow afternoon.”

Meanwhile, despite Blackpool being the latest team to be included in a clutch of teams potentially facing a relegation battle, Chambers revealed he is not taking any notice of the results of other teams.

“You can’t rely on anyone else and we have got to start winning quickly, otherwise it is not going to be a very good finish for us,” he said.

“I don’t care who is in and around us, I only concentrate on us and it is important we try and replicate what we do during the week, in training, in our games.”



  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzz @ steroo. You're so boring and always have been. Love to moan until things are going well then you hide back in your little hobble. Good luck today boys. Lets get a good win and push away from the relegation zone. It's not somewhere we should be and once it's confirmed we will be in the Championship next season maybe we can start to give some younger and fringe owned players a chance to get some confidence.

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    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • No one's listening Steroo, or is it that we need the Dhaali Lama to explain to us what on earth you're rambling on about.

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    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • On the other hand this might be a mundane home banker with nothing much riding on it for either team... although, I suppose if we are honest more of the Blackpool team actually play for their club and thus the result will mean more to Blackpool even if they lose (as they should) because more than 3 of their players will be there next season. To try and make this match mean something because Town contrived to make a poor team look good in a one-off match is the same twisted mindset on the same situation that made Peterborough look like Barcelona last season. Simply stated with half your team's mind elsewhere a bad day at the office can occur anywhere, any time

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • It wouldn't be so bad if it were only a 6-0 thumping at Blackpool we've had to deal with this season but what about the many other occasions we've been turned over by average sides that we have managed to "make look like Barcelona" ... hence the pathetic goal difference we have. So on this basis, we also "owe one" to all the other teams we have been hammered by this season. But then, maybe I am being unkind. They are, after all, teams but Ipswich is not a team, just a motley crew mainly made up of loan players that can't get in the first team at their own clubs.

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    Ken M

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

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