Competition good for Ipswich

Luke Chambers believes competition for places under Mick
McCarthy has been the secret to the change of fortunes at
Ipswich.

The Tractor Boys were four points adrift at the bottom of the
npower Championship table when McCarthy, and assistant Terry
Connor, took the reins at Portman Road, but five wins from nine
games has lifted spirits.

Chambers, who signed a three-year contract with the Blues in the
summer, thinks McCarthy’s selection process has had a major
effect.

He told the East Anglian Daily Times: “The gaffer has made no
secret that if you are not performing to your best and not buying
into what he wants, you will be out.

“They have come in with their own ideas and the lads have bought
into them quickly.

“Maybe, people who were possibly comfortable in the team under
the previous manager have found that it is a new start for
everyone.”