The season starts today, I hope we can all put last saturday's disaster behind us, hopefully Hughton and his players have learnt lessons, that were clear for all to see. It wasn't just the scoreline that was embarressing, it was the fact it was almost a no show.
I know the fixture's computer could not have known the freak results that happened last saturday when it spewed out the lists, but to match Us against the other team that got a five nil thumping too, is probably the best fixture we could have.
So let the Games beginn..and May the odds be forever in Our favour.
There have been a mixed bag of responses over the week, much excitement over the transfers, two class defenders joining the squad, along with an unknown quanity in midfield, along scores of links and rumours to other players that haven't materialized yet.
One move did surprise me a little, James Vaughan being allowed to leave on loan, we wish him all the best and hope he can have a dam good season for the Terriers. But he looked like about the only striker who was capable of scoring, this prompted Hughton to suggest that he was impressed with him.
But then I should not be surprised for when looking back on Hughton's time at both Newcastle and Birmingham he favoured big strikers: at Newcastle he played Carroll while at Birmingham he used Ziglic. To play the big men on their own normally points to a lot of long ball stuff, trying to hit the big man,
I sincerely hope that this isn't the way City are being set up to play, Hughton will soon lose many on the terraces with that approach, of that I am sure.
When you look at his signings there is a defensive overtone to them, I am not saying that they weren't needed, as that is the one area that let us down last season. But it is a little concern is that we are two strikers down in the squad and hardly any talk of either being replaced. While we did need reinforcements at the back and a stronger midfield, I am convinced we also needed a little more up front too.
With less than a week of the window left, I am disappointed that this area hasn't been addressed, but we will see over the remaining days .
Early Progress Report .. 5/10 . Chris is a likable lad, well liked and thought of in many quarters. However a Slight Disappointment. to the start of this term, Can do better and room for much improvement.