Opinion: Ahead of Sunderland game, an Ipswich Town fan explains why it’s worth going all out to avoid relegation

Norwich City fans at Carrow Road.

Norwich City fans at Carrow Road. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It has been a rather strange experience hearing the moans and groans of Norwich fans as their team battles to stay in the Premier League.

As a die-hard Ipswich Town fan who works alongside many Canary supporters I cannot help but feel a slight tinge of envy.

Norwich is one of a group of 11 teams with the threat of relegation hanging over them.

Following last weekend's defeat at Southampton they are four points above the bottom three teams and five points behind Aston Villa who sit in 10th place.

It is hard to believe that Norwich supporters believe the team should be much higher.

I would happily swap Norwich's position for that of the Super Blues.

This has easily been the best season for Ipswich for some time – although hopes of making it into the Championship play-offs have slipped recently following defeats by Wigan and Middlesbrough.

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Portman Road is one of the best stadiums in the Championship with a 30,000 capacity but with average crowds a little over 16,000 it does not have the same atmosphere as it had in the not too recent past.

Today's game against Sunderland is vital for Norwich and the fans will have to remain positive for 90 minutes and get behind their players.

Defeat would open the relegation trapdoor that little bit wider and the pressure will just keep on growing.

Other teams are in deeper trouble than Norwich and, although it hurts to admit it, I believe they will escape relegation.

Ipswich Town fans know only too well how hard it is to get promoted from the Championship as no other team has remained so long in this division.

If Town fall short of the promotion play-offs we can look forward to next season with a sense of optimism but we have felt this way for more years than I care to remember.

Norwich fans should remember there are worse things than being among a group of teams struggling to stay in the Premiership – they could be struggling to get out of the Championship.

We are urging Canaries fans to get behind the team this afternoon as part of the #yellarmy campaign