Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says if the Blues aren’t safe he’ll wear a Norwich kit again!

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Last year I put on a full Norwich City kit and risked my life for charity running around the Portman Road pitch.

And I will do so again IF 56 points is not enough to keep us in the Championship for a 12th consecutive season.

The 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday should be the one we look back on as crossing the safety line.

Some may say this mad league could still throw up a final crazy twist (four of the bottom seven won on Saturday and Tuesday).

But with three games to go and being five points clear in 13th, I can’t see nine teams overtaking us.

Mick McCarthy refused to go as far as confirming it in the post-match press conference on Tuesday night, but his smile showed he knows it too.

After a stirring second-half display against Premier League-chasing Hull City on Saturday we deserved more than we got after Robert Koren’s late winner (though it was a bad mistake from the otherwise impressive returning Anthony Wordsworth).

So I think it was apt we got our rub of the green against another Premier League-chasing side on Tuesday. And a lot of it.

Two gifts from Palace for Frank Nouble’s brace and the undisputed Town goal-of-the-season by Aaron Cresswell gave the scoreline a flattering look.

But it signalled party time at Portman Road.

And despite my colleague Sam Murley, in the Palace end, describing us as a ‘second-rate Stoke City’ in our approach, I don’t care. And neither should anyone else.

At this stage of the game it was all about salvation and McCarthy looks to have completed his mission.

He will not let anyone rest on their laurels until we are mathematically safe.

But, after the trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, it will be nice to enjoy our last home game in a week’s time.

n For tickets (£20) for the player awards evening on April 27, email itsc78@btinternet.com