2. Pinching a last-minute winner bodes well for the future. City’s young team will remember that moment for the rest of the season and will always feel itself capable of winning late in a game.
3. The timing of winning was good on so many levels. It meant there was no time for that tedious “how shit must you be” nonsense, it meant that a side that’d devoted much of the afternoon to timewasting had no opportunity to respond, and provoked one of those gloriously mental goal celebrations you only get a few times a season. Most pleasing.
4. Should we ever get stuck for a goal, letting Robert Koren shoot from 25 yards is as reliable an option as anything else. Not since the halcyon days of Stuart Elliott shooting and scoring from all angles and distances have we had a player who always looks like succeeding from outside the box. It’s a wonder that sides still let him get away with it, the knaves.
5. Nottingham Forest next week is shaping up to be a much harder game than it looked a few weeks ago. A couple of wins under new boss Steve Cotterill has lifted them out of danger and they’ll regard the seven point gap between them and the top six as one that can be easily closed. Forest away last season was one of the highlights of 2010/11 and the game that made us believe we could make the play-offs. That belief – ultimately misplaced – took until March to arrive. Level on points with fourth and sporting a game in hand on many, we’ve revisited that heady confidence five months early.
6. It won’t hurt to be realistic, however – at some stage, a young side is going to stumble and have a difficult patch. When that does happen (and it almost certainly will), it’ll require experience on the pitch and patience in the stands. But that’s looking at the downside of having a side with a low average age. Fearlessness and confidence are the obvious benefits. May as well make hay while the sun is shining.
7. So how far can we go? The play-offs was the target at the start of the season, and with City very much in contention for that, do we re-evaluate our targets and aim higher? Perhaps not. A top six finish will still do very nicely, anything else is a unlikely but welcome bonus.
8. It was interesting, and a little troubling, to see Nigel Pearson acknowledging in the Hull Daily Mail that some of his promising youngsters will be attracting the attention of others. You’d expect City to fight off the advances of any other Championship club, unless West Ham are that club or someone like Leicester make a silly desperation-fuelled offer. But lower-half Premier League clubs must be well aware of the promise shown by James Chester and company, and one hopes that City are making whatever preparations they can to keep the side together come January.
9. Do you remember Lincoln City? We used to play them in the bad old days – y’know, air-raid siren at corners, neanderthal playing style, idiot supporters always trying to start a rivalry with us, local police needlessly antagonistic towards us, endless sequences of defeats there? They’re currently in the relegation zone in the Conference. How unfortunate.
10. Following discussions with City, we’re pleased to announce the return of TigerTube, and offer thanks to the club for handling its restoration in a cooperative fashion. We’ll have lots of splendid videos coming up, though whether anything will ever match the Herley Berdz is doubtful…