'It's a good thing for the gaffer to be like that... it shows he wants to win' - Chalobah on Hurst
PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 August 2018
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Trevoh Chalobah believes manager Paul Hurst’s reaction after the Carabao Cup loss to Exeter shows just how much the Ipswich manager cares.
The Blues went down 4-2 on penalties at St James Park following a 1-1 draw inside 90 minutes, with Hurst pulling no punches after the game as he made it clear he was less than impressed with what he saw.
“We’ve all watched the game over and it wasn’t good enough from us to be honest,” Chalobah said.
“It’s a good thing for the gaffer to be like that to be honest. It just shows his passion and how much he wants to win.
“It’s important for us to move on and get ready for the next game against Aston Villa.
“The good thing about this league is that the games come thick and fast and you have the chance to improve, go again on Saturday and prove to the fans we are working hard in training.”
Chalobah missed in the shootout as the Blues lost on spot kicks but insists he will step up again if required.
“Missing the penalty was a disappointment to me but penalties are a thing I take, I will step up for anything,” he added.
The Chelsea loanee’s move to Suffolk has seen him play senior football for the first time, with the England Under 19 international settling in well as part of a squad which includes fellow young internationals Andre Dozzell, Tristan Nydam and Flynn Downes.
“I think I’ve settled in well with the lads and that’s happened quicker than I though,” he said.
“It’s a good bunch of lads here and training’s been really good with the gaffer, so it’s been good.
“Flynn, Tristan and Andre are people I’ve known so when I came here it helped.
“They’re really good young talent, almost the same level as at Chelsea, so it’s good that I get to train with them and help improve myself and each other.
“Training’s tough, but it’s what I need to get ready for the men’s game. I feel like I’m getting stronger every week.
“Physically and mentally it’s a lot to take. Academy football is more to do with development, but here it’s about winning games. There’s a table and you’re playing for something.”