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Ipswich relegation a 'collective responsibility' according to skipper Luke Chambers

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers says there's a collective responsibility for the club's relegation from the EFL SkyBet Championship, as they come to terms with facing League One football next season.

The Blues have four games left to complete their worst English league campaign in 62 years.

They visit Preston on Good Friday seeking only their fifth win all season, and Chambers insists no one is immune from criticism.

"Everyone should – everyone involved with the football club, players, everyone and there’s no hiding from that fact.

“So anyone that doesn’t think they are responsible for this situation is kidding themselves.

For me, personally, it’s massive. It’s on my shoulders, I’m the captain of the club, captain of the team and I’ve been involved in four wins – just four wins – this season. That’s bizarre and shouldn’t have happened.

“I think we can all say we’ve made mistakes as players, on and off the pitch, but you have to take the rough with the smooth at the end of the day.

“You have to have it in your character to be able to bounce back and be ready to go again."

– Luke Chambers, Ipswich Town captain.

Meanwhile Town boss Paul Lambert doesn't believe there'll be a problem with the players' motivation towards the season's end.

Lambert also may be tempted to field some youngsters during the run-in, but wants to reward Blues supporters with some positive performances and as many points as possible from the last four games.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert Credit: PA

“There’s never been one game where I’ve been thinking they're not motivated.

“A player has got to motivate himself as well, it can’t always come from a manager. If you get an unmotivated player and he can’t motivate himself, then there’s a problem.

“It’s one thing I’ve never found here, everybody wants to play, and they all want to go, so I don’t have a problem with the lads.

"They’ll be ready for it. As I’ve said before, we’ve got a good support home and away, so we’ll be ready for it.”

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager

Lambert hopes to have Jon Nolan available for the Blues' game at Deepdale. He'll also monitor the fitness of Will Keane and James Collins.

Ipswich captain Luke Chambers and manager Paul Lambert reflect on relegation and the immediate impact on the squad before facing Preston