James Chestney rounds up the ups and downs of the past week.
It’s happened again. The Manager of the Month curse has reared its ugly head and cost the Tigers something at Burnley. Steve Bruce was awarded the January Manager of the Month and Abel Hernandez the Player of the Month but it went wrong on Saturday.
City played some of the best football they have this season but were unable to break down the Burnley defence. And, yes you guessed it, 1-0 to Burnley thanks to a Sam Vokes strike after Allan McGregor parried a shot away.
One thing which cropped up this week was a possible rift between Bruce and Hernandez after the manager substituted his star striker with fifteen minutes to go. Bruce has quashed these rumours saying all players want to be out on the field for the full game and Hernandez is no different.
In other news Bruce did make a couple of signings in the January transfer window, bringing in a goalkeeper and an attacking midfielder. This will bolster a squad with no departures in the build up to the end of season run in.
City brought in 30 year old Dusan Kuciak who says he hopes to achieve his lifelong dream of playing in the Premier League during his time with the Tigers. The goalkeeper was signed from Legia Warsaw and is excited about the prospect of playing for City, in England and in the top flight should they get promoted.
Another signing was Nick Powell who is hoping to gain some much needed game time and help the Tigers to achieve their promotion aim. He has joined on loan from Bruce’s old club Manchester United and wants to show what he can do during his loan spell between now and the end of the season.
The Arsenal FA Cup game – yes, Arsenal again – has been scheduled for Saturday 20thFebruary with a 12.45 p.m. kick off. Maybe it will be third time lucky for the Tigers, having lost the previous two outings to the Premier League side.