Football League Championship
|4||Preston North End||46||20||20||6||59||30||+29||80|
|21||Queens Park Rangers||46||12||14||20||50||65||−15||50|
|R||24||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||7||17||22||39||71||−32||38|
Three defeats in a row as City dominate high-flying Watford for long periods but are undone by defensive errors and woeful finishing.
Another day, another defeat, the third in just over a week. That’s the bottom line, despite what seems to have been an improvement on the capitulation at Preston. I can’t think that a November fixture list promising trips to QPR and Reading and with Southampton visiting was singled out preseason as a time to garner a good few …
The first genuine capitulation of the season as the Tigers are steamrollered by a decent, albeit initially anxious, Preston side.
Depressing scoreline. Depressing performance.
Grotesquely toothless up front, second best in midfield and eventually torn asunder at the back, at Deepdale last night City offered up as miserably off-the-pace display as has been seen under the – largely rampantly successful – management of Mr Taylor. No fun to watch, even less to write about, less still to read about. I …
The Sky TV cameras made a defeat inevitable, but the Tigers put in another useful performance at Turf Moor and suffered ill-fortune in front of goal.
While it was far from the televisual spectacle that the Sky TV producers were hoping for, and while the Tigers were inevitably defeated once more in front of the live cameras, this was nevertheless a match that further demonstrated City’s continued acclimatisation to the needs of Championship, while at the same time exposing one …
Another see-saw game sees City take the early initiative before Seth Johnson inspires Derby to give the Tigers a proper hiding. In the end though a penalty against the run of play and a late sending-off after a disallowed goal see City claim all three points.
‘Useless referee, just about the worst we’ve ever had.’
So grumbled the Derby fans, as they mooched glumly away from the Circle yesterday afternoon, cursing their side’s maltreatment at the hands and cards of …
High flying Reading visit the KC and dominate utterly at times, but also receive a severe chasing for a while. In the end a one all draw is about right.
A hard-fought point against opposition of genuine quality. The Biscuitmen (to give them their correct nickname: none of this Royals baloney), funded to the tune of some forty million it is said by the enigmatic John Madautoexpressski, suitor (allegedly) of that Liverpool docker’s daughter turned Beatles groupie Cilla Black, came …
Out-fought and out-thought by a well-organised Millwall side, City rescue a point with a late powerful Ben Burgess header.
It is games like this that sorts the men from the boys, the old heads from the newbies, the proper supporters from the glory seekers. All those people who say they are happy for City to finish 16th this season, but don’t equate that with losing and drawing lots of games, are now being found out as wobbling inconsistents. This was …
Plucky Luton ride the occasional storm but eventually come to dominate proceedings and score a late goal to condemn the Tigers to a third consecutive loss.
“Men against boys” was, broadly speaking, the unwritten sub-text of the newspaper reports (at any rate, the ones I read) of our third defeat in a week, heralding our worst run for, ooooo, six games. Whilst no fair observer would, in the end in the end, begrudge Luton the spoils by the strange hour …
A first half crossbar-fest sees plucky Leicester hanging on against a rampant Tigers eleven, but in the end Craig Fagan’s second half effort was cancelled out by poor defending for the Foxes equaliser.
A point at home is not usually the cause of extravagant celebration, and the applause at the end of the game was, I think, appreciative of a good deal of effort and skill, but tinged with understandable disappointment that we hadn’t got the win. But I felt …
An early defining moment of the season, as the Tigers tough out a 1-0 win at Plymouth thanks to a Stuart Elliott super-strike, despite playing an hour with 10 men after Marc Joseph’s dismissal.
Just before the hour in this largely humdrum but ultimately thrilling match Craig Fagan took possession in the centre circle and wheeled round, looking for a devastating through ball. He shouldn’t have been able to find one. We only had ten men on the pitch to …
A limp performance by City’s reserves, after a promising beginning, sees the Tigers’ Carling Cup run end at the first hurdle amid the swirling gales of a Blackpool summer.
It started off OK. City began brightly and within three minutes a smart move from left to right deep in the Blackpool half found Green in space, his powerful shot from wide right was tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner a half clearance was swung back in by Green …
Driving rain and slick passing conspired to see Wolves dominate early proceedings at Molineux, but by the end City nearly got an equaliser after questionable decisions on the Tigers’ line-up were rectified.
It is now four months since City’s last competitive victory, the splendidly dominant 2-0 win at Valley Parade in the Spring sunshine that put all but the final seal on the Tigers’ promotion charge. Since then the learning curve has been steep and was extended once more yesterday …
The Tigers re-enter the second tier fray, now known as the Coca Cola Championship, and battle hard to live with a competent QPR side and garner a point.
I don’t believe in pre-season friendlies. For a start, there’s no such thing as a pre-season, there is a football season and there is a cricket season, and in the cricket season you follow cricket, not football. And football isn’t friendly; it’s competitive, anxiety-inducing, passionate and sometimes nasty, but it’s never friendly. …