Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says dry land is in sight with three wins

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In the riches of the Premier League the biggest currency to keep trading is the magical 40-point mark.

Meanwhile, for its poorer relation, the equivalent value to avoid slipping into the poverty of the third tier is 50 points.

After being outclassed by a Watford side cashing in on a current loophole in the loan rules, three sides and three points are currently providing a buffer between us and the relegation zone.

But Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield all have a game in hand on us. And bar the latter now, a superior goal difference.

As good as the 0-0 draw at Cardiff was and the recent 4-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough, it is the results against the teams around us that will see us sink or swim as a second tier side.

To reach that 50-point barrier, after the pleasant but ugly (you can only say that in football) 1-0 home win over Blackpool on Saturday, we now need four wins for our 12 points.

But take wins from Huddersfield, a team sinking like a stone, on Saturday, at Peterbrough (March 9) and at Sheffield Wednesday (April 20) and we’ll surely be on dry land.

Though slip up in those games, the only times we now face sides below us in the remaining 12 games, (with an appalling record on that front) and we’re suddenly in a whirlpool with no-one to pull us out.

Owner Marcus Evans wrote in Saturday’s programme, and despite coming across as financially prudent, something to be applauded, in his 1,114 words he STILL didn’t address why he will not speak to fans publicly, or at least give a third party unedited interview.

Meanwhile, like Paul Taylor, Anthony Wordsworth, who we hoped was the missing creative spark, is probably now out for the season.

Hopefully it won’t prove to be a costly absence.