Gone the dawn, now the day
Nerves, a bit of edginess, an injury, the team finding their feet, but it is only the very early stage of a long season ahead. I have to apologise first of all to regular readers for the lack of articles this week as I am half way through a house move so my access to the net and a computer is very limited at the moment, so any patience I highly appreciate for the next week or so.
So the first game, I expected a tight affair, a goalless draw, a lot of nerves and naivety, a few mistakes and a bit of edginess to deny us all a classic. So with the score at 1-0 I was praying we wouldn't concede especially after an early injury to Chicksen, but concede we did, then I was just thinking, here we go again, yet another draw, how very typical is that of City. But there is a silver lining to the very grey cloud that some fans may have after this first weekend, young prospect, Patrick Omari getting the winner on his debut. 3 points in the bag which will take the pressure off of getting that first league win, and what a mental boost for the team, especially Omari. The unbeaten home record continues, and with only 2 losses in the last 15 league games of the regular season.
Chicksen has fractured his cheek bone and looking to be out for a month and half potentially coming back for the Northampton game, missing about 9 games including the cup game, but I wouldn't be surprised if he makes an appearance sooner. McCall has acted very quickly getting in Tom Field on loan from Brentford. A signing not to warm the cockles or get those fists punching the air, but let's show the young lad our support and put faith into the City management. So after the opening day, we find ourselves in joint 4th along with Peterborough and Southend and we have to see that a good position to be in after day 1. Many teams at our level would love to swap positions and players with us.
So it continues with no time for breakfast
At time of writing, Donny in the league cup Tuesday night, all I will say is, I'm glad we have home advantage. I never back or predict cup games, you never know the commitment from the players or management, no matter what drum they beat in public. For those with long memories, some will remember McCall telling the team at 2-1 down to Wolves not to get the equaliser to avoid extra time fearing fatigue or injuries, it was a game we could have won if we wanted to.
Doncaster offered 1 of only 2 draws this weekend in League 1 against Gillingham, and let's not forget were recently a dangerous team plying their trade in the 2nd tier. I hate playing any of the South Yorkshire clubs in any competitions, they never prove easy affairs for the Bantams, or very rarely do, but on paper, I would prefer to have our players, our squad than Rovers'. If we really do want a cup run this season, which with a light back line, deep down do the powers that be really want those extra games? I'll leave that with you.
The snakes are out
So Meredith is getting targeted by some City fans, I feel a bit of shame to be honest. Meredith has been an excellent player for us for 5 years and could have left a few times, but he chose to stick it out and see how far he could get with us. He isn't getting any younger, and if we failed again this season, Meredith would be 30 trying to reach his ambition. I am man enough to say go on James lad and do true City fans proud, who cares which club you play for, you are playing around some good players and a very good manager. He had an opportunity and he took it, I know I would and anyone with an IQ greater than single figures would do the same. If some people don't like who he's chosen, I say so what, but live with the fact that Meredith would leave Millwall in a drop of a hat to play for any Premiership club if offered the chance. A good player that wants to tick boxes off in his career, and quite rightly so. Good luck Meredith from a true City supporter.