Hyde got one in the next home game, too. He doesn't remember much about that one against Crystal Palace but, for the record, it was not a thing of beauty. “A low ball through the six-yard box...whether by goalkeeping error or defensive deflection, went all the way through and into the bottom corner,” wrote Grant.
Hyde only scored two goals in 50 appearances that season. He really should have got more for a player of his prodigious ability. His goal return was perhaps a reason why he was only eighth in the pecking order when it came to the penalty kicks at St Andrew's. Nigel Gibbs was due to step up after Hyde and he's on record as saying that Hyde ‘was so nervous. He wasn't looking the best so that didn't fill me with confidence’.
“I was up for taking one, but I'm glad I didn't,” said Hyde. “I would have gone across my body and gone bottom left, but perhaps nerves got the better of me that night.” Rather than seek the glory of goals and assists, Hyde was content to take a backseat and build attacks from deep.
“I played in a deeper, creative role,” said Hyde. “Perhaps the one regret was that I didn't play more box-to-box. Instead I sat back a bit and admired passes I was playing for other people.”