Chambers looking to give ‘incredible support’ something to shout about at Southend

Town skipper has vowed to give the ‘incredible travelling support’ plenty to cheer as Town look to bounce back from back to back defeats at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Tickets for the game have been in high demand with the initial 2,000 tickets selling out. A further 450 snapped up within minutes when going on sale last week prompting Town to set up a beamback to Portman Road for fans to watch it live.

“We need to give the following we’ll take there something to cheer about and that’s what we’re looking to do,” he said.

“Knowing how desperately people want to come and watch us away from home is a big thing and if anyone in the dressing feels like it adds pressure, it isn’t, it’s just what comes with playing for a big club.

“We need to respond to that fanbase and respond to the positive feeling the manager and the boys have created over the first couple of months and keep driving that forward.

“We’ll still a team everyone will raise their game against, like Accrington and Rotherham have in the last two games, and they will want to play Ipswich and get one over on us.

“We have to respond to that because we have a lot of quality in the dressing room to be able to do that.

“The fans have been amazing and have turned out in their numbers so, and will continue to do so, so all we can do is ask them to stay with us. It’s up to us to give them something to shout about and we certainly haven’t done that in the last two games.”

Saturday’s game will be a first in charge for new Southend boss Sol Campbell and assistant and former Town favourite Hermann Hreidarsson. Chambers isn’t expecting any less than a tough game despite The Shrimpers losing 7-1 to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

“They went down to nine men and they were punished handsomely by Doncaster but they’ll have a new manager and a new assistant the club know well,” Chambers said.

“It’s going to be a tough game because they will be looking to bounce back. He (Campbell) will be looking to bring in some different ideas and little things over the next few days and it’s one we’ll have to go down there and look to win.”

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