1: Wasn’t much of a game, that. But good sides having good seasons will always have a good measure of occasions like the weekend’s unambitious 1-0 defeat of Barnsley, and we should be happy to come out of it with the three points and now move on.
2: Corry Evans has his critics, something that we’d only just begun to notice, really. Against Barnsley, he was the standout performer, however, with incredible energy, minimal profligacy and some crunching challenges. He was a leader of midfield men and deserves every praise coming his way. Cynics will say that only a midfield trier will emerge when a game is so devoid of quality and activity, but that’s not Evans’ fault. He was picked for a reason and that reason against the Tykes was obvious.
3: Scott Wiseman was indulged by Peter Taylor, who saw plenty of good in the full back who came through our School Of Excellence and eventually became a semi-regular in Taylor’s last few months in charge. He was released within days of Phil Parkinson taking over, and while he obviously hasn’t been missed, it was nice to see him wearing a skipper’s armband in a Championship side and marshalling the Barnsley defence so well. Kudos to him.
4: No kudos to Barnsley, though. They were absolutely dreadful, and should think themselves lucky they caught City on an off day. A popular refrain among Tigerfolk lately is “someone’s going to get a stuffing from City soon”. It really ought to have been Barnsley on Saturday.
5: Wolves, then. Huge club who haven’t pulled up every tree this season after relegation, but are poised relatively well in the top half of the table. They weren’t good at Burnley over the weekend and will come to the Circle on Tuesday night anxious to make amends. This will seriously test City.
6: Sadly, we won’t be seeing one of our Premier League heroes return to the Circle, as Stephen Hunt is recovering from surgery on a long-term hip problem. That’s a shame, as he was a fine player for us in his one abortive season. There are plenty who believe that had Hunt stayed fit all through the 2009/10 season, his presence would have earned us a few extra points and kept us up.
7: The emerging details of the Stephen Quinn transfer are remarkable. £2,000 per game, up to a maximum of fifty games, represents extremely shrewd business by City, and is amusingly awful for Sheffield United fans. Well done to Steve Bruce and the Allams for this canny transfer.
8: The Sheffield Wednesday home game in January was already one to look forward to, but making it a 5.20pm for Sky Sports improves the prospect further. With luck, City will still be in the promotion race, so an opportunity to show off to the nation in what’ll be a hot atmosphere against Yorkshire rivals is very pleasing.
9: Whether Humberside Police were thrilled by that decision is another matter…
10: Well done, Matt Duke. One of the good guys of the game got himself a bit of national glory by saving the shoot-out penalty that put Bradford City in the last eight of the League Cup, far further than City have ever managed. That’s ever. Ever.