AFTER 49 days of misery which was totally out of my control, gradually feeling I had to become more and more inconspicuous in my everyday life, forgive me for having wondered why we do this to ourselves.
But then along comes a script at Oakwell that would be too fanciful for even the silver screen.
And suddenly we see just why we love being football fans with the winning so sweet for all the suffering.
But while the five-goal second-half comeback at Barnsley was Christmas come early for us Tractor Boys and Girls, I think we all know we’re far from out of the woods yet and Paul Jewell has much chopping and changing to do with his starting XI before we are back where we want to be.
With all the doom and gloom still hanging over me, I went to watch our young saplings in the FA Youth Cup last Tuesday and can report that in the visionary Byron Lawrence, defensive shield Jonathan Ledddy, sharp-shooting Jack Marriot and tricky winger Mark Timlin, we have some young shoots gearing up to emerge and dawn a new, exciting era at Portman Road.
But if Marcus Evans does not invest in that category one academy status, with Norwich having already declared their commitment to it, we risk losing them all, maybe even to our biggest rivals.
For the here-and-now though, here is the first of two parts of my top six transfer targets I hope Jewell takes note of with goal-hero Keith Andrews (January) and Danny Collins (after Saturday) having loan deals fast expiring:
1. Billy Jones, West Brom: With Carlos Edwards somehow still our only right-back option, I might as well have put myself in here (you’d have to talk to my six-a-side team first Paul) but the 24-year-old is an excellent reader of the game and versatile (can play in midfield).
Roy Hodgson may like to see him get a run of games on loan in the Championship after only featuring in four league games this season.
2 Albert Adomah, Bristol City: If we want an exciting, pacey wideman already proven at this level, look no further than this 24-year-old.
City’s player of the year last term after transfer from Barnet and five goals already this season and has set up countless more.
3. Kane Ferdinand, Southend United: Mentioned him last year and Rio’s cousin could be our answer to the defensive midfielder conundrum as well as bringing youth (19 presently) into an ageing squad. Would not break the bank either and scores goals.
n Derby’s form guide (Saturday was first win in seven) reads very much like our own, so it should be interesting at Portman Road, but we simply have to build on the comeback of Oakwell with another win or the table will look very worrying over turkey and cranberry sauce.