Things We Think We Think #261

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1. Satisfying stuff on Saturday from City. Circumstances assisted in the 4-1 win – Burton’s limitations, red card and submissive willingness to back off in the second half – but there was some truly terrific football played and we looked utterly comfortable.

2. Abel Hernández missed the easiest chance of the game in the first half – we don’t count any of the flurry of opportunities somehow blocked by Steven Bywater after the break – but nonetheless took his three goals with aplomb. Given the unrelenting departures of the summer, it’s a slight surprise that the Uruguayan is still with us, but with displays like that, we can be most grateful for it.

3. Other notable displays – Jarrod Bowen looks like he belongs at this level and his confidence is only going to grow, while Max Clark looked less of a square peg as an attacking left back, and actually crossed the ball on the overlap accurately and fiendishly on a good few occasions. Michael Hector’s assured and slightly cocky display at the back also hints at a performer of real class who could stroll through this division with a fat cigar on.

4. There was a moment in the first half when Ola Aina got a bit too complacent and lost the ball. City got away with it, just, but the terrific dressing down he took from Michael Dawson evidently had an effect because in the second half he defended stoutly and, as interest in attacking from our opponents dwindled more, he showed what a supreme athlete he is with shinpad-exposed runs with and without the ball that further burnt out the overworked Burton left side. This boy can play – and clearly he is capable of learning too.

5. Fraizer Campbell’s not fully at it yet, is he? Just like last week at Aston Villa, he didn’t look sharp enough, but only perseverance and hard minutes on the pitch will assuage that. We don’t recall him having a chance to score on Saturday but he put in an unselfish shift while his strike partner took the glory, and his time will come.

6. Maybe it’ll be when Wolves to come to town on Tuesday night. Leonid Slutsky removed Hernàndez, Kamil Grosicki (nice headed goal) and Sam Clucas against Burton, suggesting he wanted them as fresh as possible for hardier tests coming this week. A trip to QPR, rarely something that fills City fans with lipsmacking anticipation, then awaits at the weekend.

7. Slutsky told the press after the win over Burton that his highlight of the game was being asked to wave by the City fans. We could easily be in love with this guy already.

8. Doncaster away in the League Cup. Nearby, eminently winnable, and the prospect of big numbers travelling on a (hopefully) sultry mid-summer’s evening. And whatever number of Hull City supporters is announced that night, at least we know it’ll be accurate, eh?

*SOAPBOX TIME*

9a. If you find the actions of the Allams repulsive, and after careful consideration cannot in good conscience put money in coffers administered by them, so do not attend home games, then good on you.  Understandable.

9b. If you find the actions of the Allams repulsive, but after careful consideration have decided that you’re still going to attend games to cheer on the team (because you were a City fan long before they came along and you’ll be a City fan long after they’ve sold up) and you’ll be damned if those two are driving you away, then good on you.  Understandable.

10. If however, you’ve decided that your decision is the only decision that can be made and elect to berate other City fans on social media or in person, then to quote a colloquialism, ‘give your head a wobble’. The Allams and their dwindling cult of apologists are the enemy, not people who broadly agree that a pair of perfidious egotists must go quickly for the good of Hull City AFC. Divisiveness is clearly their goal, so don’t fall for it.

8 replies
  1. Baby Chaos
    Baby Chaos says:

    Good show, as ever.

    I’ve got Perfidious Egotist’s debut seven inch. On purple vinyl.

  2. ruisliptiger
    ruisliptiger says:

    However Gina, Allan apologist are clearly Hull Tigers fans. So nobody is calling any City fans the enemy.

    Does anybody know if Hull Tigers played this weekend?

  3. John from Brid
    John from Brid says:

    A fun game once Burton down to ten , expect things on Tuesday night to be a bit more difficult.
    I fall under 9b, but feel for those I don’t see anymore driven away by the various shenanigans of our illustrious owners.

  4. JohnK
    JohnK says:

    By hook or by crook we managed to get a creditable point away at Villa, have also well beaten Burton at home and now face the prospect of 2 tricky games against Wolves and QPR. Tuesday night will be really interesting. Wolves yet to concede and clearly have their tails up both on and off the field. QPR just one of those games that you feel we should win but could quite easily not turn up and have a wasted journey to the capital. By this time next week we will all, including the management, have a better idea on how this team is starting to gel. All in all I for one am pretty excited by what Slutsky is doing. Love his passion and his seeming desire to go out and win games. I will always respect him for going to Villa and starting with Campbell, Hernandez and Bowen. Win, lose or draw let’s be competitive and set our stall out to get the points from the off. At this level, and with our talents, attack has to be the best form of defence!
    I miss the fact that City isn’t part of the Premier League circus and all the attention and focus that has, particularly over here in the US, and the fact that I can’t watch every City game live on TV, but there is a lot to be said for knowing that you can be competitive in this league and (hopefully) more often than not are. That’s not to say that I’m not hoping that we get promoted this season, I really hope we do, I just hope that we are better prepared for the experience next time we get there.

  5. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith says:

    Your last three paragraphs are spot on and say so much about City’s current predicament. Rest assured the Tiger Nation will not sleep until we are rid of the cancer within.

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