Date: 28th October 2010 at 9:39pm
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Time flies when you’re having fun (or at least trying!) – believe it or not, a quarter of the Championship season has now passed, and last week Vital Ipswich asked you where you thought the Blues could finish by the end of the campaign.

A very decent start to the season in August was followed by an inconsistent September, before results in October took a decidedly downward turn. Having slid down the table from 3rd to 14th, the promise of a promotion campaign looks a little further away than it did in those early weeks. However, it seems enough of you think there will be plenty to get excited about come May 2011.

In our poll – suggested by Charnwood Blue – we asked where you think Town will finish this season with a quarter of the campaign gone, and here’s how you voted:

1% – Automatic Promotion
33% – Playoffs
41% – Mid-Table
0% – Lower Half of Table
25% – Relegation Battle

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The results are certainly rather mixed, but the overall mood unsurprisingly seems somewhat negative compared to that of August, when the majority seemed confident of a promotion push. A third of those polled are still confident enough of a playoff place, but recent struggles – not least the three defeats in a row for the first time under Roy Keane last week – have taken their toll on the fans’ optimism, with around 40% predicting another mid-table finish. It seems that any negative votes have been at the extreme end of the scale, with nobody predicting a lower half finish but a quarter expecting a possible relegation battle. The 1% statistic in favour of Automatic Promotion is, we suspect, most likely a statistical anomaly – either that or there is one very optimistic fan out there…!

This week’s poll: ‘How much further do you think Ipswich will progress in the Carling Cup?’ (See right-hand column to place your vote)

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