1: Bit delayed this week so we could include the Burnley game. And what a precious result that could be, by the way. To get shut of another rotten hoodoo and get to within three points of the top of the Championship at this stage of the season could prove as key as any other result we get this season.
2: It wasn’t exactly a spectacle, was it? But we’ll leave the moans about footballing purity, skill and athleticism to the Sky viewers. Those of us emotionally involved in the game knew the value on this occasion of a result over everything. The sacrifice of craft in the midfield in favour of extra security frustrated Burnley effectively, then Robert Koren came on to start the move for the winning goal. It was masterful managership by Steve Bruce.
3: To win, and to do so with a clean sheet and little notable hassle, was a relief and blessing as well as an achievement, after shipping eight goals in the last two away games and, in both cases, playing poorly. All decent sides have off days; the truly good ones know how to recover from them.
4: One thing did come as a surprise about the trip to Turf Moor, and that was the remarkably thin City turnout. There are loads of explanations, of course – the cost, Sky, awful weather – but taking not even half as many as went to Palace was quite unexpected.
5: Watford are laying on free coach travel for their game at the Circle next month. Tiger Travel isn’t our idea of fun but it serves a purpose for some, so is it worth the club considering this for any of our final away games?
6: Nottingham Forest come to the Circle this weekend as the true form team of the division. They’ve won five and drawn one since Billy Davies returned as manager, and now look a good bet for the play-offs. City will, however, probably end their faint hopes of automatic promotion if they beat them on Saturday, and we’ll represent easily their toughest test since Davies came back.
7: Six weeks ago, with Cardiff seemingly uncatchable and Leicester tussling with the Tigers for second, we’d probably have hoped for a home win from their meeting last night. As it was, the draw was probably ideal – Cardiff continue to wobble and will be unhappily aware that their hardest game of the season looms on the final day, while another failure to win by Leicester means they’re almost certainly not going to catch City now.
8: Apropos of that final day meeting, all sorts of delicious permutations are possible. Both teams may enter the game needing a point apiece to guarantee promotion – would that bring about an Austria/West Germany 1982-style “understanding”? What if City could begin the day with a chance of being champions or missing out on automatic promotion altogether? It could be quite some day.
9: No reply from West Yorkshire Police to the open letter sent to them by the FSF and an alliance of City and Huddersfield fans. No response to our Freedom of Information request either, which must be replied to in no more than nine days.
10: Hard luck to the Tiger cubs, who were bested 3-0 by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Youth Cup. To reach that stage is some feat in itself and one that deserves congratulations.