The new Czar? Well that’s the general feeling right now as Leonid Slutsky got his City revolution underway with a comfortable 4-1 win over Burton Albion this Saturday afternoon.
Few fans were actually in attendance to see it, and one cannot begrudge anyone who decides to stay away from the KCOM whilst the Allam’s still run the football club, but taking away all hostility between fan and owner, this on the field at least was a positive enough display.
Following on from last weeks encouraging second half performance at Villa, nothing but a home win on Slutsky’s first outing at our shiny and recently Tiger revamped stadium would have been acceptable. Thankfully City got that, and did so in decent fashion.
City arguably could and maybe should have scored more, such was the fluency of the football and the amount of chances created, but given what we’ve endured this summer with player departure and unrest, we can be satisfied with four well taken goals.
An Abel Hernandez hat-trick catalysed the win, with Kamil Grosicki also landing his first goal for the club, but not before he missed an open goal in the first half. If anything showed the inconsistent nature of the Pole, then this performance was it. Rocks and diamonds. Still though he made things happen in a wide open and therefore entertaining game and overall his positives far outweighed his negatives.
Hernandez meanwhile once again proved he’s a more than worthy goal scorer at Championship level, taking all three goals really well. This league tends to suit his talents, and alongside Fraizer Campbell City certainly have firepower. The longer Slutsky gets to bolster and come to terms with his squad, the stronger that firepower will get.
At the back they were some shaky moments, particularly from on-loan Chelsea youngster Ola Aina, but we’re clutching at straws to find negatives with what we witnessed. Yes, it maybe took a Burton sending off before we really coasted home, but in a game as open as that, anything can happen. That’s what makes football so great.
City played with confidence throughout and that was pleasing to see. They didn’t have everything their own way either, especially before the sending off, but what was evident was their intent to finish the game off straight after half time. Ruthless. A great trait to have, and providing we see a similar desire to attack, one that will provide the armoury for many more victories in the future.