1. A weekend of positives! Sure, the magnitude of those positives depends upon the value you assign to the ailing FA Cup, and the significance of beating lower league opposition. But even the churls among us would struggle to pinpoint a bad side to the weekend – and how often have we been able to say that lately?
2. A 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup has only limited pulse-quickening properties – but look at that sheet of perfect cleanliness! Marvel at that win in a place not called Kingston-upon-Hull! Rejoice at not leaving a game beset by despair. Clutch those straws, Tiger Nation. There’s little else to do.
3. In these grim times, we need something to hold on to. The players do, too. We cannot hope that this solitary victory transforms a wretched season, but it isn’t too much to wish for at least a modest uptick in our fortunes as a consequence – and that may be just enough to see us survive relegation.
4. It was a bold move by Nigel Adkins to field a fairly strong XI. He must have been tempted to card a lesser eleven, and protect his miserably thin squad for upcoming League fixtures. The calculation must have been that a strongish side would have enough to beat Blackburn, and lift its own morale – and so it proved. An interesting, and vindicated, roll of the dice by the manager. Well done to him.
5. Not that it was entirely straightforward. A dour first half and unconvincing late desperation sandwiched City’s best spell of the game, which brought Ola Aina’s first senior goal, and if you do fancy a bit of churlishness, its the difficulty we made in overcoming League One opposition.
6. But we are in the hat! Round Four beckons, which isn’t something we’ve always been able to say, and if Ehab Allam’s calamitous misrule does culminate in successive relegations then it’ll appear a distant prospect in 2018/19. But however diminished the Cup is these days, there’ll still be a frisson of excitement this evening when the draw is made and we dream of a tie away to FC Tick Ground. And at least Arsenal are out.
7. A marked improvement in City’s corner routines was evident on Saturday, so it wasn’t surprising when Nigel Adkins said post match that set pieces had been worked on in training. We’ve not seen a massive change in league form beyond goals drying up in order to shore a leaky defence so such attention to detail is welcome.
8. The ’15 years at the KCOM’ videos on Social Media are beautifully designed. Tip of the hat to whoever is responsible.
9. It isn’t just first team managers that City are working through at the moment, there’s another vacancy for media and marketing manager. James Mooney’s departure to a lesser club elsewhere in Yorkshire brought in Tom Rowell, for whom supporter liaison wasn’t excessively prioritised – and now he’s leaving for pastures new. Good luck to the new boy or girl who has to present the Allams’ dopey ideas to the Tiger Nation – you’ll need it.
10. Meanwhile, with wearying predictability, rumours now surface that the Allams may be close to selling the club – which is a far more reliable indicator that the transfer window is now open than any mere calendar could hope to provide.