‘They are running around like they’ve won the cup’ – Ipswich skipper aims bitter swipe at Norwich after derby day drama
PUBLISHED: 14:57 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 19 February 2018
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Luke Chambers has claimed the honorary Fabian Wilnis Sour Grapes Crown after claiming Norwich City celebrated their derby day equaliser ‘like they’ve won the cup’.
The Ipswich skipper thought he had brought an end to Town’s run of nine games without a victory over the Canaries after heading the visitors in front in the 89th minute at Carrow Road on Sunday – and celebrated accordingly.
However, Timm Klose silenced the 2,000 travelling fans and the Ipswich players with a last-gasp header to extend City’s dominance of the fixture to 10 games and nine years.
“I don’t think they are a threat, really,” the bitter skipper said. “They had a lot possession, a lot of tippy tappy stuff but they’re not the team they were three years ago when we played them. They are nowhere near that level, hence the league position.
“If you are 1-0 up in the 89th minute then you have to see it out, really. We’re disappointed but we move on and our aim now is to finish above them.
“They are running around like they’ve won the cup in the 95th minute when they’ve spent £200m in the last five years. That just shows you the state of affairs at the moment.”
While that financial claim is a clear overexaggeration from Chambers – who has played every minute of the last eight East Anglian derbies without tasting victory – Town remain just above the Canaries in the table.
The 1-1 draw saw the local rivals remain 12th and 13th in the Championship table and eight points adrift of the play-offs, with Ipswich having a better goal difference.
The comments are reminiscent of the 2004 rant of Wilnis, who said after City had beaten Town 3-1 at Carrow Road back in 2004: “If they did go up they would come straight down by Christmas, with a record lowest points total.”
Chambers, ahead of a home game against second-placed Cardiff on Wednesday, continued: “I’m not even looking at the league table and we really are taking it game by game, and we’ve got another two in the next few days.
“Anything can change quickly with two wins in a row or two defeats in a row. All we’ve done throughout the season is take it game by game and if we can finish above these (Norwich) and it takes us closer to the play-offs then that’s what we’re aiming for, for the rest of the season.
“We’re here to do a job for Ipswich Town Football Club and everyone who steps on that pitch for this club is fighting tooth and nail to be successful.
“We don’t go out wanting to play poorly and we don’t go out looking to play bad football. We just want to go out and try and get results for us and the fans.
“I thought the fans were tremendous throughout and their applause at the end shows we’ve done a pretty good job, albeit up until the 95th minute.”