Simply The Best

18 Oct 2022 | 9 comments

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As Tina Turner would so aptly put it, after the final whistle at Hull City on Sunday things are…at the moment at least…simply the best. Over the top maybe? Or enjoying the moment a bit too much? Then yes, probably. But sensible and wise words I prefer not to listen to at this precise time.

Recent away victories at Preston, West Bromwich Albion and now Hull City have pushed our club to within three points of a play-off spot. Add to all that last week’s thumping of Bristol City at St. Andrew’s and, suddenly, a winning pattern with consistency has emerged. It’s been a good while since we have been able to say that.

This run of form is, hopefully, not a fluke. And with a grounded manager setting out this season’s campaign with understandable and logical reasoning for all to see, it is no surprise that fans are becoming excited. What happens on the pitch is, for me, the all important focus with off-field matters left for others.

John Eustace has quietly arrived and impressed with his way forward for our club, with survival probably still the target over the quest for a playoff spot. Reminiscent of the Rowett days when hopes were high for success, Eustace has put us on a similar path. The big difference this time being, again hopefully, that lessons have been learned after the erratic actions taken previously by those upstairs.

Burnley next up and another challenge for the team, with a victory really raising the bar or a draw not a disappointment. Caution and being wary is what we as supporters have been used to over the recent appalling seasons of uncertainty, but this new and real hope of on-field success has binned all of that. Look at the table and start believing that, once again, we might just be becoming a force capable of climbing the rungs of the ladder.

A thin squad or a big one, it doesn’t really matter in my view with our current manager at the helm. Provided injuries are not too severe of course. The signings of John Ruddy and Tahith Chong, following on from Juninho Bacuna, as permanent ‘family members’ bodes well for the future. Keeping important people around you is the key.

Onwards to the Burnley game on Wednesday night, and another match against the current table toppers. But another chance for John Eustace and his nice blend of young and experienced players to further catapult the club into the upper reaches of the division. Territory that we haven’t experienced for a while. And why not?

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Smithy

    Let’s hope by next May that ‘We are the Champions ‘ will be the tune! Onwards to tomorrow…

  2. Mick

    I am 68 years old ,I can’t remember a Blues team that had the same togetherness as this squad. Troy as captain is the manager on the pitch and whatever J.E. has done ….well ! Just shows what can happen when you work harder than the opposition. Remember the words to our song boys, and well done .K.R.O

  3. tracey tyler

    Yes John Eustace has done brilliantly and he is one of the new progressive coaches that are around at the moment.What is impressive l think is how he knows the right time to make changes to the side and how he is not scared to rest players like he has done with Deeney and Bacuna in recent weeks and how he is integrating our young talent into the side when it’s the right time.Have no doubts that Hall,Bellingham,Williams and James will be having starts in the next few weeks which is imperative if we want them to be our future.Ten out of Ten so far Mr Eustace your a breath of fresh air.

    • Ed Truman

      Well said Tracey. I’m in complete agreement. Of course there will be bumps in the road. Wednesday night may or may not be one of them. But the current direction of travel is such a refreshing change. Long may it continue ????

  4. Chris

    Success can often be measured by how a team bounce back after a defeat and boy did we bounce back from a poor display at Boro. 5 goals scored and none conceded in the 2 games since has been very impressive. What I particularly like is the togetherness of the players, and credit to the loan players who are playing like this club is everything to them, from a fans point of view that means everything to us. Kro.

  5. Mark R

    I’ve banged on a few times on here about Eustace doing a good job to date, and hopefully being allowed time with this group—particularly through the ‘troughs’ which we are likely to see from time to time in this tough league.
    I totally agree with Mick’s comment about the unprecedented togetherness and spirit that appears to exist across the whole squad. This starts from the management, but credit also to the great characters in the side-from young loanees like Trusty, to our very own Bluenose on the pitch, Troy Deeney.
    To have so many talented youngsters, and mostly local lads to boot, in the first team squad currently is something to be proud of too.
    As it stands Blues are only 3 points off the top 6 and only 6 points off top spot.
    Trusty mentioned in a recent interview that he feels ‘we can really achieve something this season’. And why not?Providing we get a bit of luck on the injury front, there is absolutely no reason why Blues can’t make the play-offs this season!

  6. Mitchell Bray

    Mark. It will be interesting tomorrow against Burnley. They are top but not managing the 2pts. per game which is historically the norm. Blues could easily emerge with a point or even more. Just feel this will be a real pointer as to where we are really positioned. Exciting times as opposed to ‘despair’.

    • Mark R

      Yes indeed Mitchell-the next 2 games will be a great challenge for Blues as I see Blackburn went top tonight.
      So if we can emerge from Burnley at home and Blackburn away with 3 points or more, that will be decent, and in no way beyond our capabilities.
      You are right-there is no ‘ stand-out’ side in the Championship so far this season, and this along with the relatively short points disparity between top and mid-table makes it so intriguing a competition.

  7. Charles

    Perhaps we are now seeing a really ‘typical BCFC ‘ that we used to see circa Carling cup era. Last night against Burnley and recently against Sheffield United these comeback display are so refreshing

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