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My Christmas message: ‘Don’t panic! No, really!’

If Lance-Corporal Jack Jones was a current Blues fan he would probably be running around Portman Road hysterically ahead of our Boxing Day clash with QPR shouting ‘don’t panic! Don’t panic!’

But his demeanour would betray the sensibility of his utterances.

Statistics can be fun and teach us a lot, but they can also be as misleading as the Dad’s Army character’s catchphrase.

Saturday saw the ‘disgruntled with Mick brigade’ take their chance to raise their heads above the parapet again to bemoan the 1-0 defeat to Derby as another indication we’re kidding ourselves with the whole promotion plan.

I mean, who can go up if they can’t even defend their own patch?

Yes, the result did make it just one win in the last nine games for our boys at Portman Road and yes, it was the Championship’s most accurate passers (80%) against the league’s lowest (62%).

But it also brought to a close a run of three wins in our last four, and five in the last seven.

And, for all of Derby’s spending making it a David Vs. Goliath battle on paper, we were left reflecting how little there actually was in it over 90 minutes.

Had Freddie Sears or Daryl Murphy made more of their chances, or Jacob Butterfield been sent off for laying hands on the referee before clearing off the line from Jonathan Douglas, we could have been looking at seven games out of our last eight undefeated at ‘Fortress Portman Road’.

Of course, the crisis could have been David McGoldrick’s latest injury set-back, or Teddy Bishop’s. Last season this would have had us praying to the football gods for mercy.

This season, though, Mick’s squad is coping with such absences. Luke Varney is back, Luke Hyam is recalled from his loan, and all I want for Christmas is a home win over QPR. That’d show you that madman with flailing arms wasn’t drowning. No, he was merely waving...

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