Mixed fortunes for individuals and the team this week. James Chestney reports.
In a week where the world was shocked by events in Paris, solidarity shone through in football and was there for all to see at Wembley on Tuesday evening when playing a game was put into perspective.
If not for such events, during the international break City fans could have had smiles as wide as the Humber (I mean, when was the last time we were top of the league for two whole weeks and able to gloat to friends and colleagues about how well we were doing against their clubs’ poor showings in comparison?).
With just four of the squad travelling for duty with their countries, the rest took a well-earned rest. Andy Robertson turned out for Scotland’s Under 21s, Chuba Akpom scored for England Under 21s. David Meyler took no part in the Republic’s glorious win over Bosnia, which sent them to France next summer, after injuring his knee in training; the club later announced this would see him miss the next four weeks of action. Man of the moment Abel Hernandez partnered world star Edinson Cavani for Uruguay as they went down 2-1 in Ecuador, but sat out the victory over Chile before heading back across the Atlantic in preparation for the trip to Ashton Gate.
There was a further game in the City Under 21s on Monday for Robert Snodgrass as he completed 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw at the Macron Stadium against Bolton Wanderers.
So Saturday comes around and the travelling Tigers are up with the larks for this one, a nice 5.30 am departure for those travelling by coach to make the lunchtime kick off down in the West Country.
A sluggish start at the Robins, and the withdrawal of Michael Dawson early on, meant the home side went ahead. The booking of Andy Robertson followed, so both Robertson and the aforementioned Dawson will miss Friday’s visit of Derby due to amassing five bookings in the opening stages of the campaign.
Luckily up popped the little midfield terrier, Shaun Maloney, to draw us level and give us a sense of a point gained rather then two lost on the return trip north, and with Burnley and Brighton scrapping out a 1-1 on Sunday this meant we stayed top for the third successive week. I’m starting to enjoy looking at this table so far.
News coming out of the KC on Monday was positive with the Under 21s having taken a point in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City at their Wast Hills training ground, with Snodgrass completing yet another 90 minutes. He even bagged himself a goal, as did Greg Luer.
Finally, it has been announced that our allocation of tickets for Leeds away is all but gone, so we will be backed by around 2,600 travelling fans when we make the trip to Elland Road a week Saturday.