1. The Bristol City draw was a point gained overall, but it’s the first time we’ve been punished for not scoring a second goal and putting the game away.
2. That said, there’s a growing air of confidence about the side, and sooner or later someone is going to get absolutely destroyed by City.
3. The latest Amber Nectar ratings, while not scientific and usually at the whim of no more than half a dozen people, show Aaron Mclean to be at the top of the pile. That he is less popular with a not insignificant quantity of City fans represents an act of blinkeredness that presumably is a by-product of only seeing the team play at home. Mclean is a good footballer and just so happens at the moment to be a more comfortable one in City colours when not at the KC.
4. However, nobody is saying that Mclean’s lack of goals since joining the Tigers represents an irrelevant point for his detractors to make. But this is a Nigel Pearson team which we now know conclusively is one that will win games by conceding few rather than scoring many. Mclean is still making a tangible contribution on the ball even if he isn’t converting a stack of chances.
5. Doncaster Rovers simply must be beaten tomorrow. Not just because of the long-term prospects for the season, not just because it’s nice to put smaller clubs near our backyard in their place, but also because the defeat there last season was one of the most abject and grotesque experiences of recent times and needs remedying.
6. Nigel Pearson was absent at Doncaster last season. It’s remarkable to remember that our seemingly indestructible manager spent time in hospital just thirteen months ago after feeling unwell – thankfully he’ll be at the Keepmoat this time, and after his quietly seething reaction to the draw at Bristol City we wonder whether the staff at BBC Radio Humberside will be drawing short straws to see who has to interview him
7. Some City fans on Twitter propose that Tiger Nationals boycott the Barnsley away game to protest the steep £30 ticket price. Noble intentions, and the comparable “Kein Zwanni” boycott by Borussia Dortmund fans last season certainly had an impact. Football clubs not only take the loyalty of supporters for granted, they seek to brazenly abuse that loyalty, the soulless arseholes.
8. However – boycotting the Barnsley game will punish the City team by reducing the Tiger Nation’s presence at a Yorkshire derby, presenting an unpleasant dilemma if you CAN afford the disgraceful entry fee. We’re not sure it’s fair to take it out on Nigel Pearson and his team and would find it difficult to advocate boycotting any City game, but can definitely understand anyone who finds a different use for thirty quid than handing it to sodding Barnsley.
9. CEO Mark Maguire’s centre page diatribe in the latest 1904 magazine is breathtakingly patronising. He sees fans as children who don’t know what’s best for them and himself as a father figure doing the right thing. That wasn’t a mischievously approximate summary, he actually says that.
9a. While we’re on the subject, 1904 magazine is utter turd and it needs putting out of our misery.
10. Given kitman John Eyre’s penchant for mixing and matching elements of home and away kits last season, we feared the worst when City took to the field wearing navy shorts with the light blue away shirts at Ashton Gate, suspecting we’d had to borrow them from Bristol City to avoid a white v. white clash.
Not so, the navy shorts had our crest on them. Presumably adidas have supplied the alternates in the hope Eyre won’t foolishly pair light blue shirts with black and amber shorts. The light blue-navy blue-light blue scheme looked reasonably good, but we could have just worn our home kit given that it clashes with red and white not one bit.
Adriano Basso looked quite smooth in all white, not seen on a City keeper since 1997 when Willo tried to keep out Newcastle at St. James Park. #KitGeekery