1. City have drawn quite a few lately, and they’ve mainly been undeserved – Friday’s game at Blackpool continued that sequence but with the twist of us being the fortunate party. Credit the lads for staying in the game, but the overall performance was disappointing.
2. That said, Blackpool were very good. Like City, they play an attractive style of football and deserve their elevated position. However, we didn’t see anything to suggest we still can’t finish above them.
3. Seyi Olofinjana’s performance divided opinions. To some he appeared ponderous in possession and generally bypassed in midfield, to others a calming and thoughtful influence. He certainly didn’t do anything Corry Evans can’t, and it’d be a surprise not to see them exchange places on Tuesday night.
4. Cameron Stewart’s performance received a more unanimous review, alas. He’s still obviously a very good player, but the time may have arrived for him to spend a few games out of the side. Young players shouldn’t be whisked from the side at the slightest dip in form or confidence, they should be persevered with where possible – but his recent difficulties may stem more from the lack of match fitness owing to that awful injury. A rest may do him good and allow him to return refreshed for the final run-in.
5. A Leeds United team led by Neil Warnock threatens to be the most cynical side ever to visit the KC when they – dragging along half of Beverley and Driffield – come to the hygienic side of the county on Tuesday night. How it is done is actually irrelevant, but City very simply must win the game. Fair means or foul, fortunately or convincingly (though either of those specific ways would register high on the amusement scale), the three points have to be ours. This is one occasion when it is handy to have a Hull-centric manager, and we’d like to think Nick Barmby will tell the players he hates Leeds as much as the rest of us do, and that victory will simply make them heroes forever.
6. Jimmy Bullard is a toxic, nasty, selfish, narcissistic wastrel whose suspension at a second successive club will, hopefully, open the wider public’s eyes about the real character behind the jolly, cheeky figure that sits on the Soccer AM sofa or advertises shampoo. Hopefully, this latest act of intoxicated idiocy will also aid City’s case as the grotesque man continues to try to force even more cash out of our club.
7. That he’ll be missing from next Saturday’s fixture when Ipswich arrive is both a relief and a shame. A relief, because it’d be Textbook TypicalCity for that detestable specimen to have his game of the year and belt in a 30 yard winner; a shame, because one fancies the Tiger Nation would have some particularly forthright views to impart on his human worth, or absence thereof.
8. As if by contrast, another experienced pro from the Tigers’ spell in the limelight has begun what we expect to be a very long coaching career, due to his natural intelligence and vast experience in the game. One hopes Kevin Kilbane, one of football’s good guys, proves to be a success in charge of City’s reserves and that great achievements await him.
9. It was nice of the BBC to show West Ham again yesterday.
10. Mind you, seeing Cardiff do a passable impression of a side whose league season is collapsing wasn’t an unwelcome sight.