Ipswich Town defender Luke Chambers has revealed that the Sky Bet Championship side often put entertaining fans second to getting results, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
The Blues have been regularly criticised by their supporters through this season for a lack of an entertaining playing-style. However, Town captain Chambers has admitted that they prioritise getting points on the board over entertaining supporters.
Ipswich are facing a 17th consecutive season in the Sky Bet Championship – currently sitting 12th in the League – however the Club have come under fierce criticism in recent seasons for their poor performances.
This season the Suffolk side have won 15 but lost fourteen of their 36 matches remaining. With ten Sky Bet Championship matches remaining, the chances of reaching the play-offs are slip however it is still mathematically possible.
But 32-year-old Chambers has admitted that the team will prioritise getting results over entertaining supporters at Portman Road and on their travels.
“Yes entertainment is an issue in football,” he said. “but I remember when Milton Keynes Dons came up and played good football and they went straight back down.
“We’re getting results, but at the end of the day people are paying their money to come and be entertained and if they are not being entertained then they are not going to come. It’s a Catch 22 scenario and I haven’t got the answers.”
On the other hand, though, entertaining football can lead to promotion – as proved evident by the likes of Swansea and Bournemouth, with whom both are plying their trade in the Premier League.
“I’m not sure what those two clubs budgets were. These aren’t things I can really comment on.
“Yes I would love for us to play like Swansea and Bournemouth played, but we’re still punching above where we should be. That can’t always be the answer though can it?”
Whether supporters agree with Chambers’ idea that entertainment should be put second to results is another topic that can be discussed at a later date but, surely it is better to have points on the board?