1. Chelsea were imperious in the first half hour on Sunday, when the game was won for the home side. There are very few sides in the Premier League that could have handled Chelsea’s pace of play and power during that spell.
2. If you’re the glass half full sort, then City’s performance from 30 minutes in was very heartening. If you’re the glass half empty sort then Chelsea let us play because they had a comfortable enough lead and Mourinho sides play to protect a winning scoreline rather than increase it. A defeat was always likely at Chelsea, they’re favourites to win the title after all, and we didn’t disgrace ourselves by any means. Our season, though, really starts when Norwich visit on Saturday.
3. Why are commentators so afraid to say it how they see it? Why was Torres’ dive, which ‘won’ the free kick that Chelsea scored a second goal from, described as “slightly contentious”? It was a dive, pure and simple, so say so you coward, and if managers are upset by the truth, so be it.
4. Hell of a debut for Allan McGregor, wasn’t it? No experienced keeper should be dashing out of his box like that, really, but he made amends for giving away the penalty by saving it – and his performance thereafter was pretty good. It’s nice also to have an actual number one keeper that’s not borrowed from someone else and is therefore either a) not good enough for us; or b) too good/expensive for us. McGregor is good, and he’s ours.
5. Signing Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore from Spurs was a phenomenal piece of business by Steve Bruce. Not starting with them at Chelsea was pretty astute, given how little time they’d had to get used to the system and the other players. But each looked lively and capable when they came on and will likely feature in the starting XI against Norwich.
6. The absence of an orthodox centre forward from the bench at Stamford Bridge shouldn’t be analysed too deeply, one suspects. We were more likely to be able to defend a lead than chase a goal, and the three defenders and three midfielders (albeit George Boyd goes between midfield and attack) were there in the more likely event of us trying to protect something, a more attainable feat at Chelsea than going after a heroic comeback. Matt Fryatt and Nick Proschwitz will get their chances. Boyd actually did quite well when he came on, too.
7. We said last week that Assem Allam has no regard for what Hull City fans think. That was proven abundantly true in midweek when he sneeringly said fans don’t pay the bills and he’ll call the club what he likes. Or in other words, “screw you, it’s my club, not yours”. Call us old fashioned if you like, but to us a club has always been a community institution and representative of the city it plays in and its fans rather than just being the plaything of a rich man. Mr. Allam’s words and the arrogant sentiments behind them were rather depressing.
8. It’s a pity but a predictable inevitability that while the grown-ups in blue who had made crude A4-sized messages with pointlessly sycophantic nonsenses like “U r my special 1 Jose” on them got shown plentifully on the television, none of the messages displayed by the travelling supporters about the very traditions of our club were deemed worthy enough of global consumption by the Sky cameras. But there was a banner in the City end at Stamford Bridge that read ”Your company, our club. Hull City AFC”. Yes indeed. #notoHullTigers
9. We recognise that not everyone thinks precisely alike. Indeed, we’re happy to be disagreed with, and a few have suggested we’re going overboard with the name change thing. So it’s only fair to say that while we respect and welcome all views, we are never, ever going to let up on this issue. Ever. Not until the club sees sense and abandons this foolishness. Ideally that will be immediately after they read this (which we know they will) – but if it takes ten years, so be it, we’re in for the long haul. And we know we’re not alone.
10. Regrettably, some media outlets have recently used erroneous names and/or crests for our club – including, most disappointingly, Saturday’s Hull Daily Mail. Whenever an incorrect name or crest is sighted, e-mail to request a correction. We have right on our side in a moral sense, but more importantly, in a factual sense.