1. Disappointing as the defeat was, the performance at Brighton showed definite promise. They’re a good side, but in the second half they they were distinctly outplayed by the Tigers. If only City could take their chances…
2. Particularly impressive at the Amex were the wide men, Ahmed Elmohamady and Robbie Brady. Some of their crossing was of the very highest quality, and it’s frustrating that none of them were converted. Nonetheless, Steve Bruce ought to be praising them for their delivery and urging them to continue – we’ll capitalise eventually.
3. This almost sounds like heresy, but could we capitalise more by dropping Robert Koren? He hasn’t been himself in recent weeks and appears not to combine well with Jay Simpson. If he was rested and two proper forwards played, crosses are more likely to be converted.
4. Three home games in a week then, starting with Derby County tomorrow night. Don’t harangue us for this, but it really could be a season-defining period for the Tigers. An unbeaten streak would be welcome, at least two wins would be splendid, a maximum haul would be just marvellous. Currently we are equally as capable of dying on our backsides as we are of shinning to the summit.
5. The deal for season pass holders to bring a friend for a fiver is an attractive one and hopefully it will up the attendance level for the Derby game. The club is at least having a go; its recognition that the sometimes sterile atmosphere at the Circle is down to the numbers in the stadium to begin with is something they have the most power to try to remedy.
6. On a related note, it’s great to hear so far in advance of next season, and with our destination still very much up in the air, that season ticket prices will be frozen for next season. They are still too expensive but at least nobody at the club has decided to take the rise out of the fans any further.
7. Can we not boo DJ Campbell when Blackburn play here? Not because he doesn’t deserve for such towering greed and discourtesy, and more because you just KNOW it’d inspire him to score a winning goal.
8. No-one’s ever going to mistake a group of rugby league fans for a MENSA gathering, but despite the predictably bovine tone to their complaints about eggchasing memorabilia being absent from the entrance to the Circle, they’ve accidentally unearthed something interesting – namely that City and the rugby franchise must both pay to display items in the stadium. City, it seems, are doing so; our pennypinching eggchasing brethren aren’t. Is it really necessary to charge the respective clubs for this? Probably not.
9. In fact, it ought to be easier to display anything that personalises the stadium. Hanging flags is notably difficult at City, in no small part because of the dismally small-minded approach of the stewards. Sometimes it really does feel like a shared municipal stadium and not really “home”, in some odd fashion. Maybe this is where AN, CI, the OSC et al should be grouping together to push for something. How can it really be to hang a load of flags and banners in the stadium prior to home games? And more importantly, would the club and/or SMC actually permit it?
10. Besides, the gerrumonsard fraternity should probably concentrate on Adam Pearson’s plans. He’s wasted at a rugby league club, something he’s probably realised for himself. A move to Leeds is being mooted, and while it’d be a shame for us to see one of the greatest heroes in our history join such a shoddily disreputable organisation, it wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) tarnish his legacy – and seeing how he gets along with the combustible Colin would be interesting…