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.”