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Chopra Apologises to Cardiff Fans
Chopra Apologises to Cardiff Fans
Sunday, 19th Feb 2012 10:02

Striker Michael Chopra apologised to Cardiff fans in case his goal celebration during the Blues’ 3-0 victory over the Bluebirds at Portman Road yesterday had offended them. The one-time Cardiff frontman had said he wouldn’t celebrate – as he hadn’t earlier in the season when he scored in the fixture in Wales – but said emotion overtook him when he netted his fifth goal in four games and his 12th of the campaign.

Chopra tweeted last night: “Well, another win, another three points, four wins on the bounce now. Great team effort today so pleased I scored. The reason I celebrated was my emotions took over my head. Sorry if I've upset some Cardiff fans.”

The Blues striker added that he was surprised by his old club’s direct approach at Portman Road: “Very strange how a Cardiff team can just play so many long balls when you have a player like [Peter Whittingham] in your team that makes things happen.”

The 28-year-old, who has targeted 20 goals for the season, is now the joint-third top scorer in the division and is looking to get ahead of Southampton’s Rickie Lambert (16) and Leeds frontman Ross McCormack (15) as he helps the Blues into a top six finish he still believes is possible: “Anyway buzzing, another goal to add to my tally 12 this season might as well go for the golden boot now! #play-offs?”

A number of other Town players have added their thoughts on yesterday’s game on Twitter, central defender Tommy Smith amongst them: “Four on the bounce! Another great shift put in by all the lads and the fans were quality yet again! And a clean sheet as well to top it off!”

Full-back Aaron Cresswell, like Chopra, is also eyeing a late play-off charge: “Great display and win again! Well done boys! #itfc #playoffs?”

Keeper Arran Lee-Barrett added: “Three points today. There's a real buzz in the squad, playing with belief and confidence. The fans are creating such an atmosphere!”

Former Cardiff loanee Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was off out to celebrate the victory against his old club: “The feeling I have after today is great, time to have a good night with my boys.”

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RetroBlue added 10:11 - Feb 19
Glad your "ours" Chops ! Quality striker in an ever improving squad of young quality players. Next season will be ours (we'll probably just miss out on PO's this season)!

Mark added 10:11 - Feb 19
I think the Cardiff fans understand, as Chopra has been through a lot lately and after not betting for three months, enrolling on the college course and scoring lots of goals, maybe he finally is over his troubles.

We are all behind you Michael. I am sure that if you set up as a mechanic in Ipswich after you retire you won't have a shortage of customers!

pinewoodblueboy added 10:19 - Feb 19
Chops, no need to apologise. I noticed several Cardiff fans applaude you when you got substituted (the ones that hadn,t left early). Great goal/performance. Keep it going. COYB.

Fatboy added 10:27 - Feb 19
Players should always celebrate goals no matter who they are scored against.

ThatMuhrenCross added 10:28 - Feb 19
I did suggest to Michael Chopra a few days ago that he should be going for more than the 20 goals this season, and that he would be capable of getting the golden boot. I'm glad to see he has now come forward and stated that as his intention! He is third top scorer in the division, all it takes is an injury or loss of form to the players above him in the list, combined with his goal-scoring efforts to perhaps see that become a reality. When was the last time an Ipswich player got the golden boot? Would it have been Darren Bent?

Frase1987 added 10:28 - Feb 19
nice to see them all tweeting the same stuff

brockleyblueboy added 10:40 - Feb 19
Have we ever had such a topsey turvey season??

One minute it's top of the league and PL here we come, then it's doom and gloom and heading for league 1, and now it's "can we make the play-offs?"

I am amazed how the team have bounced back and I am very proud of them. Well done to Marcus Evans for sticking with Jewell. I for one will hold my hands up and thought he should go, I love being wrong at times.

Chopra deserves to celebrate every goal he scores after what he is going through. Wll done lad.

Amazing where all the haters are and moaners have gone.

Still I am sure there will be at least one Clegg out post. I for one am going to keep my negative opinions to my self (if I have them again) till the end of the season, and judge the team and management then, which I think most should do.

COYB let's see what we can do :-)

CavendishBlue added 10:41 - Feb 19
Sir Bobby would have been 79 yesterday and I suspect that he would have been extremely pleased with the way we converted our minority possession into a convincing win.


MooseJuice added 10:44 - Feb 19
Where's Jay Rodriguez in all that list, thought he'd scored about 53 goals this season already?!

Oh, and... We love you Michael!!!

bluelady added 10:49 - Feb 19
Some cardiff fans even applauded the goal! They played long ball chops cause we were closing them down so much in midfield!

DutchTownFan added 10:52 - Feb 19
Rodriquez has got 12 aswell.

Well done Chops!!!

ade_itfc added 10:55 - Feb 19
Now that's what i like to see, Players happy, working as a team, enjoying themselves, yesterday was fantastic. 3 points, clean sheet, norwich lost how can the day get any better!

Bluecynic added 10:57 - Feb 19
Think it would have been poor if Chops had celebrated in front of the Cardiff fans but as the celebration was in front of SBR I really dont think it would have offended them so much.

CornardBlue added 11:12 - Feb 19
Well done Chops and all the rest of team, glad they appreciate the support of the loyal fans yesturday, it was a great atmosphere.
Please PJ get Tommy Smith in your office tomorrow and give him at least a 2 year contract.

bedsitfc added 11:15 - Feb 19
they played long ball because like bluelady said our midfield closed them down but i think it all started with a front line closing down.
i feel p.j. has changed the way the squad thinks its like they are all on the same page something we aint seen since burley days.

i think if the game was replayed chops would still celebrate

brittaniaman added 11:19 - Feb 19
team spirit must be good,, even Leadbitter had a broad grin on his face when he was about to come on..Well done to all the team !!! Cardiffs biggest defeat of the season //!!!!!

Dissboyitfc added 11:48 - Feb 19
Brockleyblueboy... totally agree with your last post, my frustration with jewell was making the same mistakes as he had made at other clubs and not learning from them. hopefully his policy of old has beens and overnight success is out and steady progress with a blend of youth and experience is the way he sees it as do most of us, i can handle indifferent up and down performances if i can see some sort of direction
, sadly missing up untill recently, but now we are seeing more energy and with this is coming more rub of the green ie, lee barrett would have walked for that challenge earlier in the season and we would have collapsed and been on the
wrong end of another peterborough type hiding. our luck and jewells luck changed when crawley tried to take the p+** out of us, drury has helped to transform this team. I do like jewell, always did, but i am still not sure if he is the right man, and the reason for this is, why when we are building for the future, does he only offer hyam a one year deal? i dont get that. Some strange contract dealings going on at the club (still) may be clegg is to involved, there are many things going on at the club to which many of us have no real knowledge, so all we can do is make sense of the facts that are available. And here is a fact, football is a business and needs to make money, but i dont want the club to tell us supporters that are main use is to inject money into the club, the same way i dont want players to say they only came to us for a better wage, after all another fact they need money to live on as we all do. football is a unique business and in no other industry or sport would we keep going back to support an overpriced and inferior service or product, Which most of this season we have been witness to, a statement jewell would agree with. i totally take my hat off to those wonderful away supporters who follow the town come what may. Back in the 80's i followed the town home and away and at the end of the season as a thankyou the club presented us with a token to present at the club shop for a free gift, was a specially made mug thanking us for our support, nice touch i thought. cant see this regime doing it.
So to be wrong about jewell will be great i am big enough to admit if i make a wrong judgement, verdict... jury still out...coyb

irishtim added 12:03 - Feb 19
Things looking good. 2 clean sheets 4 wins in a row! still tink playoffs being optimistic but who knoes.

itfcjc added 12:07 - Feb 19
Who's that coming over the hill?
It's Michael Chopra
It's Michael Chopra

itfcjc added 12:08 - Feb 19
Who's that coming out of William Hill
It's Michael Chopra
It's Michael Chopra

CraigForrestGateau added 12:15 - Feb 19
A great performance and so refreshing to see a bit of harmony amongst our players aswell!

Nice to see them actually coming over to the North Stand and applauding the fans, something I think squads of late have lacked a litte. Just shows they appreciate people turning out, and should do this win lose or draw.

A difficult couple of weeks coming up though so I hope people maintain a bit of realism. We've beaten a couple of decent sides in the last couple of weeks, but we've got Brighton and Soton away and Hull to contend with aswell within the next four games. Those ones won't be easy but with the team playing the way they are at the moment who knows!

I obviously would want a Town win at Brighton but in reality I think I'd still be satisfied with a point there and a point at Soton aswell followed up with a win against Bristol City.


Warky223611 added 12:53 - Feb 19
I loved the slide !

Back_The_Boss added 14:45 - Feb 19
Well played Chops, goals are coming because of your good work rate. Keep 'em coming!

carlitfc1982 added 15:28 - Feb 19
Good on ya chops you showing pure loyalty and commitment to the club and im sure you are well and truly on you way to get the golden boot already !!

jas0999 added 16:17 - Feb 19
I see no need to apologise. Frankly, this goal was extremely well worked and IMO worth the entrance fee alone. The finish was great, but the build up was exceptional.

I also agree with Bluelady - for the past four games the work rate has been extremely good. We closed EVERY Cardiff player down. Hyam is under-rated in my opinion - he was first to every ball. Young hungry players are the way forward - sadly it has taken PJ 13-months to realise that! Why oh why, has it taken so long to show this desire? For me this co-insides with ME's visit to the training ground.

Still concerned with the keeper situation. Plus, CB - despite two clean sheets - it is not a strong area at the club. Smith is doing well, but your heart misses a beat when oppenents come forward! Edwards has been a consistent performer, but for me would benefit from a midfield role.

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