I could have posted this straight after the game, but felt the overwhelming sense of disappointment that I felt after us only taking a point, would have seriously clouded my judgement.
It seems I wasn’t alone either, having read plenty of calls for Bruce’s head after just this solitary game.
Yes, I know. Those of you who won’t have Bruce at any price will quite rightly say that you made up your minds about him last season and that’s fair enough.
I’m not his biggest fan myself, but I do believe he needs to be given a chance before we all start calling for him to be sacked, if only because it surely can’t help the manager himself or the team.
I recall saying only a couple of weeks back that our opening fixtures concerned me and if you look at our first six games or so, it’s definitely a worry.
Given the major disgruntlement after yesterday’s game, I wonder what the clamour will be like after those fixtures have been played?
It’s fair to say the expectation is massive and I’ll bet Bruce is feeling the pressure already.
Who’d be a football manager?
But then, I’m not convinced he helped himself by starting Bacuna. He’s at best average. I’ve said that I believe Bruce thinks he’s a good player to have around because of ability to play pretty much anywhere.
But to actually start him over Green?
I really can’t understand that.
But then, while the result was crushing, especially after having such a good start and getting the early goal, where it looked like we were going to run out three or four nil winners, so upon reflection I actually think the game was more about the way Hull played as opposed to us.
And Hull quite frankly were a shambles at the back for the majority of the first half, which I think is what made us look very decent.
Leonid Slutski (what a great name) will have been much the happier manager yesterday, as his side did a pretty good job of getting it together and not letting their heads drop.
Whereas Bruce will rightly have the hump after we let them back into the game so easily.
The worrying thing is we could all see their goal coming, yet nothing changed.
So all in all, many of us expected a draw and that’s what we got.
I said I also don’t read too much into the first game especially, as anything can happen, so I’m just going to view it as a one-off and reserve judgement for a few weeks down the line, where we’ll have a better idea of how we’re really shaping up.
And while this post might seem downbeat, I actually liked some of the things I saw.
Terry and Chester look a decent central pairing; We actually had players attacking the box occasionally and Green looks pretty sharp. I even think we tried to go forward more instead of continually passing sidewards and backwards. Hogan makes great runs, although of course we still can’t read/see them and Johnstone looks reasonably competent in goal. Even Gabby looked like he’d worked his socks off by the end of the game and if he can add another 12-15 goals this season, I might begin to rate him again.
And yes, Lansbury was rubbish, but even so, I liked the way he put himself about and can see something in him, which will hopefully manifest itself in better performances.
And most importantly, we created chances aplenty.
Of course it wasn’t all good.
Whelan looked like a man possessed and was probably lucky to not get sent off. Bacuna was just all round rubbish. We still give the ball away far too much because of poor passing, putting pressure on ourselves and probably worst of all, we don’t convert our chances.
And they weren’t rubbish chances either.
I sat with my head in my hands after Green missed when it seemed easier to score, for instance. Not that I’m pointing the finger at him; our main strikers were equally or even more guilty.
I think what I’m getting at is, that after reflection, I’ve realised that we have four or five players out who possibly would have started today.
And there are many squads in this league who would like to be in our position.
IF we can start getting our act together, I see possibilities.
This is a marathon, not a sprint and we definitely have the tools.
It’s up to the manager to use them correctly and one tip I’d give him, is only use Bacuna when it’s absolutely necessary.
Our biggest problem is going to arise if we don’t quickly get into our stride and start bagging wins.
The pressure’s on, Steve.