The McInnes resurgence continues
City have well and truly issued a warning to Huddersfield Town after racking up an impressive run of five matches unbeaten under Derek McInnes, a mere 38 short of the record set by the Terriers last month. The Robins have managed to turn over a table-topping Southampton side with ease whilst earning a hard-fought and respectable draw at Vicarage Road just days later.
The result at the Hornets perhaps brought a few mislead fans back to down earth, arguably including myself as I found myself indulged in the odds on a City promotion and splurging out the words ‘we are going up’ in an arrogant fashion minutes after the final whistle. But in reality a point at Watford was fantastic and despite some of the near-1800 strong away support expecting to turn up and roll over ‘little’ Watford, that wasn’t the case.
City produced second-half after a slow start and Watford contained all of the threats that were so deadly against the Saints; Nicky Maynard and Albert Adomah – so well. Two freak goals sent City two down before Marvin Elliott capped off his recent form with a bullet header to pull a goal back for the Robins. Elliott along with Neil Kilkenny was hugely influential just days before against a talented Southampton midfield and deservedly got his name on the score-sheet courtesy of pure bravery.
And we all know that Scott Loach is a good keeper and will not be helping us out quite as much as he did in the future, as he ensured City came back from Hertfordshire with a point. City made strides second-half as in-form Nicky Maynard and Ghanaian Adomah went close.
The desire that McInnes has instilled in this side is frighteningly different to that of under Keith Millen, unfortunately. A passion for the red-shirt has come of age in recent matches and the victory over Southampton epitomised that as a season record-attendance saw the City XI battle and hassle Southampton for the ball.
But most importantly City were dangerous and threatened with the ball at their feet as once again Albert Adomah tore apart Saints left-back Danny Fox, who was subsequently left out of Southampton’s home tie with Hull on Tuesday night.
Another shining light in recent matches has been Ryan McGivern who had a far from settling start at Ashton Gate however in recent matches has found himself in space on the left-flank and attacking the full-back rather than being pinged back by his opposition number.
The Manchester City loanee has filled in adequately for Jamie McAllister and despite enduring a raw deal from a minority of fans this season, the Northern Irishman has been magnificent in recent outings.
Brett Pitman is a worry for me as the Jersey born striker is yet to really see any game time this season under Millen or McInnes and for a player of his ability, that’s staggering really.
The ex-Bournemouth hit-man has been lethal when jumping off the bench this season and probably deserves a starting berth but with the current formation, there is only room for hot-shot Maynard, who himself has scored seven times already this season.
City continue to flourish under the man on everybody’s lips at the moment; Derek McInnes. In fact I’m surprised he hasn’t been touted for the job at Sunderland with the way his popularity is soaring.
In all seriousness the Scotsman has done a sterling job so far and long may it continue when City are back under the national spotlight as the Sky TV cameras come to town once again at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.