1. City are back on track, at least in terms of the result gained on Saturday. A win and a clean sheet, it’s what we’d become greedily accustomed to prior to the most recent international break. And there’s no doubt the win was welcome. But…
2. But it wasn’t awfully convincing, was it? Bolton were as dreadful a side as you could ever wish to see at this level, a team wholly devoid of confidence and ability with ambitions extending to nothing more than hoping to stop City scoring without no apparent interest in troubling our own defence. With that in mind, a 1-0 wasn’t overly impressive, even if it was welcome.
3. There were mitigating circumstances. We’ve been off form of late, culminating in the appalling defeat at Elland Road a week earlier. The weather was terrible. Bolton were suffocatingly negative and continued to waste time even when losing. The referee (officiating his first and probably last Championship game of the season) was awful, blowing seemingly at random, losing control early on and never threatening to regain it. So perhaps it was never going to be a good game. But there’s still a feeling City could have done more.
4. Positives. David Meyler was back, and City immediately looked brisker and more businesslike as a consequence. Chuba Akpom was lively and committed. Robertson and Clucas linked up well. Robert Snodgrass finally made his home debut, and made a zesty contribution. It didn’t really click, but that wasn’t really for a want of trying.
5. We’ll bank the three points and move on. It keeps City in touch at the top, restores a little confidence and means that the visit of Reading on Wednesday evening provides the opportunity for us to start putting another little run together. They aren’t a bad side but they are playing badly, with four defeats in five (the other being a win over, ahem, Bolton). Ideally, City will win to nil again and we’ll all be able to love Paul McShane again.
6. There’s something we don’t much love right now, and that’s some of the people who work at Hull City AFC. On Saturday, for the first time, the aurally offensive garbage that is music after a goal was played at City. Its effect was remarkable. Midway through a goal celebration, supposedly the pinnacle of the Saturday afternoon experience, thousands of people suddenly stopped as they realised the ghastliness that was being directed at them, and the atmosphere never recovered. Many booed – so well done to those responsible, never in 111 years will City fans have been booing seconds after a goal, so you’ve at least created a squalid slice of history there.
7. The response has been encouragingly blistering in its condemnation. On social media, the internet forums, at the game and in the pubs afterwards, the disgust at this ridiculous practice was unanimous. That’s certainly been good to hear. James Mooney, perhaps the most high-profile City employee on Twitter, has already promised it’ll be reviewed this morning (though leave off the personal abuse towards him, yeah? Back in March he came out against this shit too). We’ll await the outcome of that review later today, though quite what there is to debate is anyone’s guess. The answer to this question, which has been raised before, is no. It has always been no. It will always be no. No, no, no.
8. We’re overreacting, being aged stick-in-the-muds, etc etc. The kidz love it, lol. And so on. As though somehow anyone under the age of 25 is so eye-wateringly stupid they don’t know the difference between an authentic football experience and cheesy Americanised nonsense and therefore need to be pathetically patronised. Well, maybe they do and football as we know it is effectively dead. But we don’t think they’re that dense. They booed too, and bear in mind that they were as vocal as anyone in protesting against the name change.
9. Part of the problem is that the club is, as usual, paying no attention to its fans, and is instead intent upon antagonising us. Again. From the (defunct?) Fans’ Working Group meetings, the club were repeatedly told that goal music would not be welcome. They knew the views of the majority, and did it anyway. It is impossible to conclude anything other than that those responsible have done this purely to anger and annoy. Which is so utterly contemptible that we long anew for the departure of the owners and their miserable gaggle of acolytes.
10. At what point should be start being worried by City’s attendances? Bolton may only have brought a few hundred, but to get under 16,000 when we’re supposed to be aiming for promotion is pretty terrible. It’s almost as those those ridiculous price rises everyone said was a bad idea was, well, a bad idea.