The Blues need us all today

RARELY, if ever, have Ipswich Town needed the passionate support of their fans as desperately as they do today.This afternoon's match against QPR could prove absolutely crucial in deciding the immediate future of the club.

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RARELY, if ever, have Ipswich Town needed the passionate support of their fans as desperately as they do today.

This afternoon's match against QPR could prove absolutely crucial in deciding the immediate future of the club. A defeat would see Town nosedive deep into the relegation mire. But a win would restore confidence on the pitch and could kick-start a run to take the Blues away from the drop zone.

After six games without a win, or indeed a goal, the team's self-belief is fragile, so the fans have a massive part to play as Town take on fellow strugglers QPR at Portman Road today.

Not surprisingly, there has been a good deal of negativity among fans in recent weeks. On the pitch, an appalling February has seen Town fall from mid-table to the fringes of the Championship relegation battle. It is the first time in half a century that the prospect of third tier football at Portman Road has been even a vague possibility.

Off the pitch, there has been the issue of directors' bonuses and, more recently, the increase in season ticket prices for next season. It's not altogether shocking that even the legendary tolerance of Town fans is wearing thin.

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However, this afternoon, it is crucial that supporters leave that baggage behind when they go down to Portman Road, and it is essential that the team gets 100 per cent backing, from the first whistle to the last. Even if events on the pitch don't go according to plan early on, it's vital to keep cheering the team on. A deathly silence, or, worse still, booing, will do no-one any good.

It is in absolutely no-one's interests for the team to slide into League One - the third division, in other words. It would just make the already difficult financial situation even worse. Players would have to be sold, the team would be weakened, and the club would end up in a downward spiral.

So, if you are a true supporter of the Blues, through thick and thin, get down to Portman Road today - and sing your hearts out for the lads!

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