After so many years of clambering for the relative safety of mid-table, I had forgotten how it went.
You can see the seasonal incurable affliction from a mile off.
The play-off stutter usually emerges as hayfever first rears its ugly head.
It leaves pundits with eggs on faces and fans of suffering clubs with wobbly knees and one burning question: ‘Why us?!’
Call it cruel, or fair game, but someone has to take advantage of the lame.
My face is already getting a bit yokey after saying we needed four points from Middlesbrough (1-0 defeat) and Yeovil Town (1-0 win)
Because the question is, even after our two defeats in our last four and some dire showings, why not us?
With Wigan Athletic looking by far the strongest to push those stutterers aside, our fixtures have thrown up a clear path to dumfound the critics.
With Uwe Rosler’s Manchester City conquerors visiting Saturday (3pm) —who hold a one-point advantage and three games in hand — followed by the other side between us and those golden gates to the play-off places; Brighton at the Amex a week on, victories would drastically alter the picture ahead of games with current top-six occupiers Derby and Forest.
Can we do it? You would certainly be a fool to call it either way.
But one thing is sure; the stuttering form Forest, Reading and even QPR are suffering from has certainly left the door ajar...
n This week saw May 18’s West Suffolk Hospital Charity Ipswich Town legends match at Bury Town launched for a dementia project and the academy.
I’ll be there spreading the word of a largely unknown but prevalent form of dementia. For £10 you can watch, or £100 play: www.wsh.nhs.uk/Charity