Well that was welcome relief, despite our attempts to score for Hull, the 3 – 0 win was fully deserved.

Watching the game I could not help but feel in Remy Cabella we have a player who is bursting to show what he has, and while he is not yet providing the consistency required, he is starting to look a top player.

In my eyes, the only way he will get better is if he gets pitch time, something he did not get under Alan Pardew, in fact I would go as far to suggest he was well on the way to being Pardewed!

Talking of which, I had a wry grin when the Crystal Palace bubble burst at the weekend. It’s a well known fact that when clubs get a new manager they initially improve, before often levelling out and more often plummeting. Look down the road at the initial impacts of Paulo De Canio and Gus Poyet…..and what followed (last place on match of the day).

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Moving on, it seems we aren’t going to do not a lot today, I hope by the time you read this that the exit door at St James Park has remained firmly stuck and does so for the rest of the day, we are short on quality numbers and to lose anyone would be a further unpleasant kick in the unmentionables!

Whoever ends up in the hot seat at this comical offering of a football club might just have a decent squad to start out with, but of course the summer transfer window could decimate that, it’s a fear we have become accustomed to. It could however be quite exciting should someone like Frank de Boer come in and put his own stamp on things as well as add a player or two……..we can still dream still.

So, what is everyone doing on Wednesday night? Well if you can ditch the missus, the warm sofa and the soaps, why not take a short trip over to Wearyside, our Under 18s are set to do battle with their Sunderland counterparts, where the prize of an FA youth cup semi final awaits.

I am sure the young lads would appreciate a bit of vocal support and who knows they may show the seniors how it’s done. You can get in for a measly £3 and turnstiles 61 & 62 in the south stand have been allocated to our followers, it would be nice if we had a decent turnout.

Well we get next Saturday off before the visit of ugly Stoke City the following day. I am quite vocal in my dislike for both this club and its fans, it goes back to the off the field happenings in 1995, and despite it being 20 years later it still rankles with me, I have no doubt that most of their fans these days are canny people and it’s probably just me being a cantankerous old git….

However, my dislike of their fans is supplemented by the Tony Pulis/ Mark Hughes brand of total non-football that their team has produced over the years,  it is effective at times but I expect and demand 3 points on Sunday

Why Sky have chosen this  game for Sunday afternoon entertainment is beyond me and with Stoke having the smallest away following in the Premier League, I fear we may have our smallest attendance of the season on Sunday.

So, is our season drifting to a boring tame end, or can we put a bit of pressure on those above us? Only time will tell but I am so disheartened by the league cup capitulation at Spurs and the throw in the towel attitude at Leicester, that I thought about packing it in, but that is all it was, a thought.

The 3 points at Hull, the emergence of Remy Cabella, have gone a little way to healing the wounds, I am forever the optimist at times.

So this time next week another three points and the world will be ok…..

PS don’t forget Wednesday!

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