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Mick McCarthy thinks it may take a record points haul to stay up

PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 February 2013

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Phill Heywood

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

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.”

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

It is a discussion which keeps rumbling on – should players celebrate when they score against former teams?

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 0

Leyton Orient 2

Ipswich Town Ladies’ unbeaten run came to an end against a dominant Leyton Orient side as two first half goals ensured that the visitors would be leaving with all three points, writes Ethan Turner.

Defender Adam Webster makes his return from an ankle injury tonight for the Ipswich Town under 23s.

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