BSAD report: At long last, we’re seeing the results of spending some proper money on the squad: some of Adrian Boothroyd’s early work might’ve been for die-hard fans only, but recent additions have been unquestionably tremendous. There remains much work to be done on the training ground, of course…but the last two-and-a-half games have offered more than mere promise for the future, and we’re likely to be spared a repeat of the Vialli fiasco, waiting for months for cold water to “gel”. That’s not to say that we yet have enough strength in depth; it is, however, to applaud the manager for delivering the quality that he promised throughout the summer clear-out.
Another BSAD report: From the moment Malky Mackay and Ade Akinbiyi emerged side by side from the players’ tunnel at 2.56pm and, incredibly, Akinbiyi delivered a two-handed bar-room push to Malky’s chest like Mackay had just been chatting up Ade’s girlfriend, you absolutely knew, no question, that this was Family Day. Certainly it reminded me of parts of my family, and I’d be surprised if we’re all that different from most of you out there.