Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers has insisted that the club cannot afford to dwell on their recent slump in form, following what has been a positive start to the 2019/20 campaign.
The Tractor Boys suffered their second consecutive defeat in the third-tier last night as Rotherham United sealed all three points at Portman Road.
Having seen his side produce an extremely underwhelming display against Accrington Stanley on Sunday, Paul Lambert opted to make five changes to his starting eleven for the club’s clash with the Millers.
Although Emyr Huws and Will Keane both went close to opening the scoring in the first-half, a fantastic strike from Rotherham midfielder Matt Crooks gave the visitors the lead in the 11th minute.
Following the break, the Millers doubled their advantage as Crooks fired past goalkeeper Tomas Holy following neat work from Ben Wiles.
Whilst Ipswich pushed forward during the closing stages of the game, Rotherham held on to secure their fourth away victory of the season.
As a result of this defeat, the Tractor Boys slipped to second in the League One standings behind Peterborough United.
Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times about Ipswich’s latest setback, Chambers said: “As massively frustrated, disappointed and angry we are with ourselves, we need to remember what we’ve done before.
Will Ipswich get back to winning ways in League One against Southend on Saturday?
“Words are said in the dressing room in the heat of the moment and we’re disappointed as a group of lads who have started the season together since we reported back for pre-season.
“We’ve come this far, we’re joint top and you have to remember that, so there are no alarm bells ringing at the minute, although we’re very cross with ourselves as a group of players.
“We have to brush ourselves down, take our medicine and respond.”
The defender later added: “If there’s any complacency in the dressing room we need to address it now.
“I don’t think I’ve seen it because we all see this as one of the most honest groups of players we’ve worked with.”
Although it would be naive to suggest that Ipswich are currently facing a crisis at Portman Road, it is imperative that they get back to winning ways on Saturday against Southend United.
Considering that the Tractor Boys have produced a number of excellent displays in League One this season, it would be somewhat of a shock if they do not bounce back from their recent slump in form.
Providing that the club’s players maintain their focus over the coming months, Ipswich could launch a sustained push for automatic promotion to the Championship.