Weren’t we all a little happier at the fulltime whistle in last night’s victory at the KCOM Stadium over Hull City.
With some old concerns coming out ahead of the game when fans saw the first team sheet for the year, Hull taking the lead seven minutes into the match certainly didn’t help our summer frayed spirits, but then we sort of remembered how to play football.
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) August 6, 2018
Tommy Elphick celebrated his return to the side by getting us back on level terms and Ahmed Elmohamady gave us the lead with 20 minutes remaining. The Scottish Cafu finished the night off for us, with a Lionel Messi like dribble before hitting the back of the net to give is an opening day 3-1 win.
Now, it wasn’t a great performance and we can all pick out issues, but it wasn’t as bad as many thought it might be. There were signs of improvement and things coming together – even if the main one was we didn’t fold when we conceded which remained prevalent last year despite where we finished.
That confidence and depression from our relegation campaign seems completely gone so now it’s over to manager Steve Bruce and the players to improve further in an attacking philosophy.
It’s only one game, it’ll decide nothing but the outlook always looks brighter after three points.
One man clearly takes the headlines from the game though.
Paul,,,,, Sir, Lord…… please call Jack ????????
— rory_the_Lion (@rorytw) August 7, 2018
Slow and steady Paul, Bruce knows that. utv
— cj zimmerman (@cjzimmerman1) August 6, 2018
Good win boys @AVFCOfficial ????????????????????????????????????????
— Stiliyan Petrov (@StanPetrov19) August 6, 2018
Great start, clinical finishing, but we need some quality loanees…..defence doesn’t fill me with confidence!!
— Barry Jackson (@BarryJackson54) August 7, 2018
— Paul Carmichael (@Pablo__Diablo) August 6, 2018
Great to start the season with a win. No a great performance but successful teams rarely start in 5th gear. 46 game marathon, not a sprint. Adomah and Kodjia need to feel the pressure of Green and RHM. Should play next game. #avfc
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) August 7, 2018
Glad he said it wasn't perfect. It wasn't. Whelan and Kodija for RHB and AG and it could be exciting
— Terry Dale (@baldytel) August 7, 2018
— Ade Nomo (@clubbing_guy) August 6, 2018
Who needs Ronaldo & Messi when you’ve got Hutton !!! ????⚽️????UTV
— Chris Tomlins (@Chris55167641) August 6, 2018
Amazing result! Great start with things to come … With the transfer activity ticking along in the background good start.
— Gavin Comtesse (@Gavthegroovy) August 6, 2018
— ysmithh18 (@ysmithh18) August 6, 2018