A bore draw at Nottingham Forest, on reflection, was the best result we could have hoped for.
In a week where football managers were parting company with their clubs quicker than some stocking fillers were leaving the shelves, imagine if we had won at Forest.
It would have meant Mick McCarthy — whose CV boasts: leading the Republic of Ireland to their (joint) second best World Cup campaign in their history; keeping a side in the Premier League (x2); winning the second tier title (x2); reaching the play-offs (x3) — would have won four straight games on a squad of largely free transfers.
It would have meant his side, now ‘unfashionable Ipswich’, were one place off the play-offs ahead of a home game with Watford, under new boss Giuseppe Sannino on Saturday (3pm).
And it would certainly have meant his name was being bandied about as the potential saviour of a hosts of clubs.
Thank goodness for a 0-0 draw then, which leaves us a little more under the radar but going along nicely, with our manager able to focus on the job in hand.
With another 15 months to run on his contract, my biggest New Year’s wish from a football perspective is he sees it through.
One person I’m equally keen to see stay in Suffolk, though less optimistic about, is ‘the league’s best left-back (TM McCarthy)’ Aaron Cresswell.
It seems strange to say that after a player extends his contract, but although the club wasn’t prepared to answer my question on it containing a buy-out clause, I suspect it does.
And, if it did, that would tell you all you need to know about the club’s thoughts ahead of January.
But let’s hope Santa is a Tractor Boy. Merry Xmas!