1. How the international break has dragged – for fans and presumably players alike. Following the Burnley horror show, they’ll be as anxious as us to remedy things, but UEFA’s calendar unhappily intervened. At least they should all be anxious bursting with determination this time next week to put things right.
2. Perhaps, though, there’s less to put right then has been said. Including by us. The nature of the Burnley debacle made it feel like more than just a defeat but a serious deterioration in our prospects. That could be the case, but equally it could be a total freak. We’ll have a better idea by 6pm on Sunday.
3. It’ll be interesting, because Tottenham arrive in a glum mood too. Their home defeat to Stoke rather epitomised the sense of decay at White Hart Lane, a ground their own players are thought to dread playing at. It could be that being the visitors will suit them; though goodness knows our lads will relish being back in friendly surroundings. Games between two downcast outfits can be horribly fascinating as each side strives to be less scared than the other. We don’t expect goals or flowing football, but total application would be welcome.
4. It’ll have been a long weekend off for those not involved internationally whose places in the side are under the most immediate threat. Messrs Livermore and Huddlestone, so weak at Turf Moor and thought to have underperformed in 2014/15 anyway, may have had particularly anxieties.
5. From the international break, it did showcase, through some of our underperforming players, the old adage that class is permanent, unlike form. Andy Robertson played superbly for Scotland, James Chester was imperious in a big result for Wales, and Robbie Brady was dangerous when coming on as a sub for the Republic of Ireland.
6: In fact, Brady’s accuracy from dead balls was as infuriating as it was admirable, given how dreadful his set-piece delivery was at Turf Moor.
7. The substitution that introduced Brady to the fray in Glasgow induced a smidgeon of pride too; he and Stephen Quinn came on together, meaning the commentator had to refer to “two Hull City players” who had been chosen to try to change the game for their national side.
8: City have recalled Yannick Sagbo from Wolves due to our striking crisis. It’s hardly going to pull up trees.
9. Wolves have now signed Danny Graham on loan as a replacement. See point 8.
10. The club’s now had a month since it promised at the latest fans’ group meeting to reconsider its refusal to use the #hcafc hashtag on Twitter that the fans and media use. They haven’t done that and now presumably won’t. “So what’s the point of you going to these meetings then?”, we were asked. Exactly.