IT’S looking increasingly like a record points tally will be required to avoid Championship relegation this season.

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Ipswich Town were the only side in the bottom half of the table to suffer defeat at the weekend, their narrow 1-0 loss at Blackburn Rovers seeing them slip to within one point of the drop zone.

The in-form bottom three of Peterborough, Bristol City and Barnsley all picked up victories, with just 10 points now separating the bottom 10 in the division.

Over the 17 seasons in which three teams have been relegated from English football’s second tier, the average number of points achieved by the team that finished third from bottom has been 47.

The most anyone has been relegated with has been 52 – the unfortunate Leicester and Millwall going down in 2008 and 1996 respectively.

“It could take more points than ever,” admitted Blues boss Mick McCarthy, whose side are currently on 35 points with 15 games still to play.

“With everyone at the bottom battling away, it might be some of the teams that are spiralling down that have a problem.

“I’ve said from the day I walked in here that it could go right to the very end. It’s going to take 50 points – more than that maybe – and everybody is scrapping for them.

“There’s not a lot between the teams in this division. I can’t do anything about other teams’ results, we’ve just got to scrap it out and stay with it.

“Everyone has seen the spirit in our squad and that was the case again on Saturday. I was pretty pleased with the performance – we’ve just got to go again.”

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  • Agree with Manchester Blue - this season is just the culmination of 10 years of difficult times at Portman Road - it keeps reminding me of the old second division days where many a fans loyalty was tested to the hilt. A dwindling number of us are still here supporting the team but we simply cannot understand what is happening, either the owner is serious about investing in a premiership future or we will have to settle for League OneTwo football in the very near future. Still not sure about MM - some ups and some downs - some glimpses of quality decisions and some signs that we are still in a transition regarding management in general. Incidentally, two stand out features for me this past 10 days, one positive and one negative - the positive: Terry Connor - the negative: our choice of goalkeeper loanee

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Rather worrying either way, we simply must build a team around an experienced mid career, midfield playmaker and leader - a captain of men on the team and off the team. The loan strategy has given us real problems and it is not easy to build a team mid season. However what is our option at this moment in time anyway? After Middlesbrough, probably the best performance in years it is a harsh reminder that there is still a huge mountain to climb.... The signs are not good and the next two home matches have an added bite, 4 to 6 points would be essential, anything less is relegation form.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Oh dear! oh dear! thats town certainties for relegation then. But well done to mccarthy for observing that fact, as those by him have been very thin on the ground so far with his ridiculous comments. My observations of the position town find themselves in is this. 1.With a squad of players that are made up of mostly loaned castoffs from other clubs and a few players of their own that are nowhere near good enough. 2.Add to this a journeyman manager who has repeatedly failed and an owner who is never there and knows precious little about football. 3.An ever dwindling fan base who drawl over a return to the premier league to join their country cousins Norwich. 4.The good name of Ipswich Town has totally vanished and now they are a laughing stock in the football world. With all these factors now in place at portman road, the only way is down even further now and who knows, perhaps the conference league in the not to distant future for sad town!!!

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    ged scott

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • While I have not entirely given up on MM the signs are not good. He came in as the straight talking Yorkshireman - an antidote to the fly scouser - but as Rob says they almost seem to have morphed into the same person. What annoyed us most about Jewell was the fact that he would say one thing - then do the exact opposite. We were expected not to notice this - & lets face it nobody likes having their intelligence insulted. So when MM announces loans are not the way to go - & then promptly brings in a fresh batch - & to make way for them loans out our own players - or worse still gives them away to rivals - then there will be an inevitable feeling of deja vu !!!!!!! If the past few seasons have taught us anything it should be that transient loanees are not the way to go. You are taking players who their clubs do not want & on the few occassions they prove to be a success they either return to the parent club or move on to bigger & better things. Having seen the teaams below us have the better of draws at PR am am not confident that we will manage to stay above these - & it is difficult to see us catching too many above. I hope I am wrong but cannot be confident of us avoiding relegation.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I STILL haven't met a clever canary, but i guess that's the problem when they have a bird brain!

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    bald_mammoth

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I WONDER WHERE ( M E ) DO HIS SHOPPING ,,,, ( ALDI ,,,, LIDL ) ???

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Clever Canary - I still can't get over the fact that that is what you call yourself, what a contradiction in terms. Considering your bunch of no hopers got knocked out of the FA Cup by a non league side, I'm surprised that you have said this. Talk about make yourself sound foolish.

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    NB

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • MM says that the spirit in the camp is good and "we've just got to go again" This may be so but goals would help and there are not many coming from the 3 'strikers' MM has brought in with none coming from our '20 this season' Chopra, nor JET (where is he?) Let's hope that Terry Conner ( a past striker himself) can coach these players in the art of taking chances. Why aren't goals coming occasionally from our mid fielders? Why didn't the'invisible man' allow MM to sign DJC after his loan spell here? It kills of once and for all the excuse that he wanted to be nearer his London family now that he's signed for Blackburn. Premiership football on the cheap again ME ?

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • It is quite true MM did tell us the situation when he came into the club, so why has our owner not given him the support to do something about it. Sorry same of moan but true.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Unfortunately we are in our current position. Loan players have been a help and a hindrance. I agree with MM in not buying players before season's end. If purchased players are bought now (as in the January transfer window) they would need a game or two to bed in and if they are unsuccessful you still have a wage to find if demoted, whereas with loan players you can take them on till season's end and then go from there. Hopefully we can gain enough points to stay up, but one things for sure we cannot keep losing despite being equally as good as sides we are playing whilst other teams at the bottom keep winning.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • For the life of me I can't understand why we are so inconsistent. MM should ensure that we play to our full potential every game. The only encouragement I have that we shall stay up is that we play better against better teams, so 3 points next Saturday vital. Still do not think we would be where we are now if we had had Scotland battling away up front.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • What a peculiar world Ged lives in, thinking getting three clubs promoted and getting Ireland to the World Cup Finals makes a manager a failure. I suppose he thinks Peter Grant, Glenn Roder and Bryan Gunn were footballing royalty?!

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • The situation is worrying because it is not clear to me what the answer is. I was at Blackburn on Saturday and we were the better side in a dour game. The defence, much-criticised in the past, was entirely comfortable throughout with Chambers, and particularly Smith, excellent. Rhodes, our much-vaunted old boy, hardly had a kick all match; apart from one outstanding pass, DJ didn't cause any more concern. N'Daw and Hyam were solid, Murphy was a real handfull for their defence. If Stearman had scored at the end, the story would have been 'Good point away at Blackburn'. Putting Maclean out on the left when Murphy was moved central was a mistake as he had nothing to offer there, and Edwards was anonymous - apart fom being called Edwards, of course! In conclusion then, I now have to suppose that we need at least one wide player who can create chances - I wonder if Gareth Bale is available. In exile in Manchester, I have to take my hat off to the fans who travelled up to Blackburn - these are true fans and deserve much better!

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    Manchester Blue

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • finchk you say sensible things so Cyril will no doubt call you an idiot. However, to repeat the blindingly obvious... Yorkshire Jewell derailed the inevitable mini-revival that heralded Genuine Jewell's departure with yet more loans. Had he but tried to build a team and (perish the thought) manage with what he had got then maybe he would have kept some credibility... and Town would be much better off. What is the point of staying up with other team's cast offs - just two extra players (let lone 5 or 6) bedded into the team between November & season's end would have been a huge bonus.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Like the other clubs around Town at the moment, I've no doubt they'll continue to pick up points at opportune times. Look at last week; how many could have predicted M'Boro would be beaten 4-0? Home form will be what keeps Town up - one defeat since McCarthy took over. The big problem is dealing with the sides around us, who for some reason we seem incapable of beating. And as for Scotland, Jewell copped tons of flack for bringing (quote) "has been journeymen mercenaries", so getting rid of one and replacing with younger, hungrier players should have been music to peoples ears. And as for the loanee thing, Jewell panicked and bought in players we (with the exception of Campbell) didn't need; McCarthy has used the loan market to fill the obvious gaps in the squad; Kisnorbo, back up centre back. Henderson, back up keeper. McLean, 4th striker. Stearman, right back. All four sensible use of the loan market. I didn't see any other clubs in this division going mad in the transfer window so why should we have? McGoldrick is essentially our player already because he's signing permanently in the close season. It's what McCarthy does in the summer that will count, for now he's just fighting the fire Jewell started.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Clever Canary - I still can't get over the fact that that is what you call yourself, what a contradiction in terms. Considering your bunch of no hopers got knocked out of the FA Cup by a non league side, I'm surprised that you have said this. Talk about make yourself sound foolish.

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    NB

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • looks like the only derbies will be cup matches in the coming years, thats if you get past rounds 1 and 2.

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    clever canary

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • When saying a record points total is required lets analyse what is to happen. Since MM came to the club we have got 1.5 points per game. If we carry on with the same points per game we will end up with 59 or 60 points. The only problem with that is the goals scored by DJ and the lack of goals scored by others since he left.

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    bristan

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Cyril did the 'owner' give Scotland to Barnsley? No Yorkshire Jewell did. Did the 'owner' refuse to give Scotland and Chopra (and somewhat less bewilderingly JET) a chance whilst loaning in 3 duds? No Yorkshire Jewell did. Did the 'owner' negate the highly-predictable benefits of the dead cat bounce by bringing in a string of duds on loan? No Yorkshire Jewell did. I am sorry but replacing the hapless, hopeless Jewell with somebody who goes down exactly the same route as his predecessor can only have one outcome... lower mid-table, saved only by the sheer ineptitude of the teams at the bottom... though I have top admit, even I (and I suspect, Old Timer and the relatively few other realistic supporters on here) did not envisage Yorkshire Jewell gifting Scotland to Barnsley.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Finik702 pray tell me the players and the cost for those players that ME has invested in during PJ Jewells reign and that of MM. Are you sure ME has spent on players requested, might I just mention Austin, and many others, and dont tell me MM did not want to keep PJ Cambell. You state that MM has a capable squad, so are you going to blame him if we are relegated. There is only one captain of the ship and that is ME.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I am not hugely concerned at this point. Although I understand Cyril's keenness for money to be spent, Nouble, McGoldrick, Mings & Wordsworth are already signed. McCarthy is not falling for the KeaneJewell trap of signing any old has-been or over-expensive cast-off that other clubs can get rid of. McCarthy always said it was going to be a grind of a season- the foundations weren't built by Jewell- and I'm convinced he will keep us up. Any doom mongers at this point have clearly missed the mismanagement of the last several seasons leading to the huge task on his hands.

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    I am Spartacus

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Why all this talk about spending big,that is Not the way to go until the summer.DJ was offered a deal but HE chose to turn it down,WHY,because he was not offered enough money.I keep saying why should we give a 42month contract to a 31 year old.I can only assume the reason he did not but anybody was because the players he wanted were not available so he had to back track on his word and get loans in.we also keep on about players that have left and scoring goals, JS when given the chance never delivered,DJ only scored 10 goals,5 pens and he missed two.5 outfield goals and one was hand ball so he really only scored 4. I see some of you are now getting edgy about MM,WELL give him a chance .COYB

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Rob, if you wish to continue to show what an idiot you are then pray continue, but I think you have convinced most readers by now.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Cyril , why do you think buying is always the solution. ME has invested in the club he has spent cash when the mangers have asked, some players ask for stupid wages which we cannot afford unless you would like to see us follow the likes of pompey into financial ruin. MM has a squad large enough to cope with this season he just has top manage it correctly. 10 clubs are in the same position as us and i reckon they too have supporters moaning about cash not being spent real world is that the money is not there to spend so lets not keep going on about splashing cash. Town will survive as MM can see them through it and loans have to help they are all here until the end of the season lets hope that someone can start being imaginative in midfield or on the wings that is how we will win matches as the strikers need quality service and I am sorry to say apart from the middlesborough game edwards is found wanting this season he has not adapted to the role of attacking very well at all, maybe rest him and bring in some young blood on the wing carson for example cannot do any worse than the skipper at moment and give smith the armband,

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    finchk702

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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