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Chalobah: Swansea Win is Just the Start
Monday, 8th Oct 2018 15:05

Winning goalscorer Trevoh Chalobah believes Saturday’s first victory of the season at Swansea is just the start for the Blues. The on-loan Chelsea man nodded home his second goal of the season six minutes from time as Town beat the Swans 3-2 to record their first Championship win of the campaign at the 12th time of asking.

“It has to be [the start of something],” Chalobah told BBC Radio Suffolk following Saturday’s match.

“This has boosted our confidence a lot now. So after the international break, just rest and then go again. It’s a bit frustrating but the lads need the rest after today, but I can’t wait.”

The 19-year-old, who will spend most of the next fortnight away with the England U20s, says the 23rd-placed Blues have an opportunity to climb the division in the weeks which follow the break.

Town take on QPR a week on Saturday before a tough trip to high-flying Leeds, then an away game at Millwall, Preston at Portman Road and a visit to Reading prior to the next international break.

“There’s games coming up for us to get points,” Chalobah reflected. “That’s when we need to stay focused and get ourselves prepared for the games ahead and try to get points and try and get ourselves up the table.”

The Chelsea youngster believes the Blues are a developing team: “Most games we’ve been progressing, but the only thing has been goals. But I think they will come in time. [Saturday] was just the start.

“You could see Swansea, how technical they were but I thought the boys stuck together, they didn’t get fazed at all, got stuck in and ground the win out.”

The Sierra Leone-born midfielder or defender was delighted to net the goal which saw the Blues not only to their first win of the season, but also their first away victory in Swansea since March 1982 back in their time at the Vetch Field.

“It was an exciting feeling obviously, getting the winner,” he continued. “But credit to the boys, they did well and dug in.

“At 2-2 it was a tough game against a good opponent, who are technically good. It was good to get the winner and our first three points of the season.

“Coming into the game, we obviously weren’t the favourites but we don’t listen to that, we just go in focused on the game ahead and just ground out the win.”

Chalobah paid tribute to Town’s travelling support after memorable celebrations following his goal and then the final whistle.

“I think that’s most important because they’ve been through all the games that we’ve been through and it’s good to celebrate with the fans,” he said.

“It’s been really tough for us, but the most important thing in football is that things can change and I think we did well, we dug in well and we deserved the three points.”

He says after the game the dressing room was buzzing after the long wait for a win: “It’s been amazing because other games before we were coming in after a draw or a loss but today it’s a really good feeling for the boys and we just have to kick on from here.”

Chalobah was also pleased for manager Paul Hurst, who was coming under increasing pressure as the long wait for a victory lengthened.

“For the gaffer as well, it’s important that he’s got the three points,” he added. "Now as a team we can just move on and think about the next few games after the international break.”

Chalobah, who was experiencing winning a match for the first time at senior level having made his competitive first-team debut on the opening day, says he has learnt a lot from Town's experienced players since he made his season-long loan move.

“For me as a young player it’s important to have all these experienced players like Skusey and Chambo helping me through the game,” he continued.

“I’m learning every day in training, in and around the ground, just improving every day.

“I’ve played in the midfield role which is something different for me, coming from Chelsea as a centre-back.

“But the manager’s believed in me playing in midfield and I think every day I’m learning a lot, especially from the experienced ones in the midfield. It’s important for me to learn every day and to keep going.”

Having already netted a couple of important goals, he is keen to add to his total: “Obviously my position is holding midfield but I’ve already got two goals this season and I’m looking for more.”

Chalobah was pleased to see his England U19s team-mate Andre Dozzell make his first start of the season on Saturday after his long absence through injury.

“It’s been good to see Andre back, I played with him for England,” he said. “It’s good that he’s back from his injury. He’s been working hard in training, so it’s good to see him back on the pitch.”

Dozzell, also 19, quickly made an impact on Saturday, threading an early ball through for Freddie Sears and Chalobah says that’s something the Town academy product can add to the team.

“That’s what he’s good at, getting on the half-turn. It’s important for him to get on the half-turn and play it forward, that’s his special trait. If we use that more we can get chances.”

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boroughblue added 15:14 - Oct 8
I do genuinely believe that this will bring a massive confidence boost to this team, and will help us to hit some form. On the occasions that I've watched us this season we've looked a decent team, we've just been playing with no confidence because of the results we've been getting. onwards and upwards

ThatMuhrenCross added 15:29 - Oct 8
Chelsea will be pleased with what Chalobah is getting out of this loan. They'll want him to end up as a centre-half, but playing in midfield in a competitive league is undoubtedly helping him to develop his ability on the ball. He can be a little naive with his positioning at times and sometimes a little too casual when we're out of possession, but he's 19 and he'll learn. I'm sure he'll be a very, very good player one day. From this interview, he also strikes me as quite an intelligent young footballer who really thinks about the game.

Taricco_Fan added 16:25 - Oct 8
Must be difficult for a young loan player to come into a team going through so much transition - a team playing like a bunch of strangers at times - but I think Chalobah is dealing with it well and growing into the holding midfield role. He seems like a smart, mature lad. A fan's favourite in the making; just a shame he's not our player!

Also, hitting 2 goals in 10 games from the holding position is quite impressive, more so when Skuse is on the same tally after 210 games! We need plenty of goals from midfield seeing as Hurst's teams don't score many, nor feature a prolific striker. Sounds like Chalobah is up for the challenge.

stewartm added 17:25 - Oct 8
I would love Ipswich to sign him permanently!

Mark added 17:30 - Oct 8
I really like Chalobah's attitude. He has been positive even after tough defeats. I can see him being a captain of a side one day.

BonchosBicycle added 18:55 - Oct 8
I wish both Chalobah and Pennington were our players but just signing either one would cost us more than we've spent on a player in nearly 20 years. I think Chalobah's been great for us this year. He has the occasional lapse but he's young yet and, as he points out, not playing his normal role. To be I think our joint second highest scorer so far is impressive.

ronnyblue added 20:35 - Oct 8
Papering over the cracks, never been so worried about the long term outlook for the club! Evans has to be thinking about the outlook for the club when the club is relegated! If Evans was worried about the outlook with Mccarthy in charge he has more to worry about now !

Gilesy added 20:58 - Oct 8
Is Bluearmy_81 ok? He's not been on yet to slag off Evans and accuse him of milking the club's finances.

OwainG1992 added 23:36 - Oct 8
Chalobah is someone i'd love us to sign permanently. You never know Chelsea are prone to ignoring talented youth.

Tractorblue1939 added 23:39 - Oct 8

In Skuseys defence though, his goals are always from like 50 yards!

rfretwell added 08:17 - Oct 9
2 goals already from a holding midfielder! we could only dream of that b4 Chalab joined us.
5 goals from our last two away matches is very impressive. Beat QPR and things will really be looking up.

rfretwell added 08:17 - Oct 9
2 goals already from a holding midfielder! we could only dream of that b4 Chalab joined us.
5 goals from our last two away matches is very impressive. Beat QPR and things will really be looking up.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 14:47 - Oct 9
Let's hope so .
Think this lad is a player . He does need to work on his defensive duties at times ( he has failed to pick up his man leading to a goal two or three times ) ,but he's very young and inexperienced and this can be taught .
He makes room for himself and looks comfortable on the ball. He reminds me of Jason Dozzell at times .

bugledog123 added 19:22 - Oct 9

LondonBlue73 added 20:17 - Oct 9
Oh ah Chalobah
Say oh ah Chalobah
Oh ah Chalobah
Say oh ah Chalobah

PJewellisaGod added 10:26 - Oct 10
Think the old Kiwomya song would be a safer bet

midastouch added 13:58 - Oct 10
If only we signed some of our most successful loan players, or better still tried to sign some in the first place rather than getting them in on loan. Look at some of the ones we've had in recent seasons, if we could of only signed a Lawrence or a Fraser or even a Celina. The one time we pushed the boat out (Bullard) was on a player who had suffered a lot of injury set backs previously. I'd rather we pushed the boat out on a younger player. What tends to happen with us is we put them in the shop window (while on loan with us) for them to either be later sold on by their parent club for an increased price, or alternatively they go back to their parent club and hit the ground running (think Noble and Fraser). We get a short-term gain but no long-term gain. Sometimes it would of been better to have put in an offer up front and have the player signed, sealed and delivered rather than get them in on loan knowing full well that if they flourish so will their market value, usually well beyond what we can afford, or more like what Marcus is prepared to spend.
I realise some loans are going to be well beyond our means to sign, think Dos Santos. But some would be within reason as we've only got to look at what has happened to some of our other loan signings, i.e. Lawrence to Derby and Celina to Swansea. Although Marcus is never going to match their wages as we've seen for successive seasons he only really wants to do things on the cheap now. And so the downward spiral continues.

midastouch added 14:11 - Oct 10
Look what Norwich did with Darren Huckerby for example, they pushed the boat out for him and that ultimately worked out very well for both parties. These are calculated gambles, if you don't ever take a calculated gamble then what's the point. Remember we were top of the league for a short while with Ryan Fraser and then vanished without a trace that season when he got injured. We should of insisted on him being part of the Tyrone Mings deal on a permanent basis rather than a loan basis. Bournemouth might of said no but if you don't ever at least ask we won't ever get.

afcfee added 07:58 - Oct 11
There's no way we could sign him has bags of quality especially if we get relegated we could then give Skuse a contract extension he'd be a good squad player in League 1.

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