1. Disappointment but not a disaster against Forest. They’re doubtless congratulating themselves on a fine way, and rightly so, but that type of performance will be enough to win most games in this division. It’s unfortunate that having improved considerably upon the pretty mediocre but successful display at Burnley, no reward was forthcoming.
2. Luckily things elsewhere went for City. Palace will have hated been gubbed by bitter rivals yesterday, while Watford have lost two in a row now – have they peaked too early, or is it just a blip? They’ve got two unhappy weeks to stew on it. City remain favourites with the bookies to take second, from which we can take some comfort.
3. That said, if we do miss out on the top two, with their momentum you wouldn’t fancy Forest in the play-offs…
4. Cardiff have gone, haven’t they? A pity – the title would have been great, but we can’t avoid the fact that they’ve been the most consistent this season and deserve to win the Championship. It may even be useful if they have it wrapped up before the final day.
5. Did we detect a faint hint of fatigue from Gedo on Saturday? Gone was the razor-sharp movement and finishing, which is understandable – having not played much serious football of late, to suddenly enter a promotion push and the hectic schedule of the Championship must be difficult. Alas he may not get a rest over the international break, with fixtures for the Egyptian national side against Swaziland and Zimbabwe approaching.
6. Huddersfield, then. It appears that West Yorkshire Police just aren’t prepared to listen to the people they serve and who pay their wages. This remains a disgrace and carries the potential to permanently disfigure the relationship between City fans and the police. But it now seems we must make the bad of a rotten situation, and with talk abounding of a protest march in Huddersfield itself, that seems a good way of joining together with HTAFC supporters to register visible, public unhappiness with the loathsome bullying tactics of WYP.
7. What to do about attending the Huddersfield game comes down to personal choice now. We must draw the line at criticising and insulting fellow City fans who make the decision to put up with WYP’s police state tactics, but we’ll continue to urge a boycott.
8. That’s hard on Steve Bruce and the team, who deserve our support, but there’s a bigger issue at stake here – nothing less than the right to follow a football team in the method of your choosing. With police forces increasingly attempting to impose the bubble, that right is in danger and we should do everything we can not to tolerate it.
9. Though we can’t agree with everything that the club have done lately, introducing the Fans’ Liaison & Advisory Group (FLAG) as a sort of successor body to the FLC is a positive move. Let’s hope it provides the club with something they’ve been obviously lacking in lately – the ability to guage the mood of the supporters.
10. A big well done to the Ulltras, whose excellent banner made a forceful point in the pre-match march. More of this please, lads. It’d be great to have an influential hoolie-free ultras group bringing a bit of colour to the club’s support and we continue to wish them well.