OK, so last night was yet another hugely depressing experience in the tortuous life of a West Ham, and this morning all and sundry have been calling for the head of Mr Allardyce on a plate. But in the cold light of day, let’s take a step back and analyse the result and see if he actually deserves to go.
Man City are actually a very, very good side. Their squad is worth hundreds of millions of pounds, and really they should beat us by a good margin most times they play us – especially when they are at home. Man City have beaten other teams at home this season by similar scores and put 7 past Norwich who I would say are on a par with us. On their day they are untouchable.
The West Ham players that played last night are very ordinary. They are no better than championship material on the whole, especially the defence. We missed James Collins, James Tomkins and Winston Reid BIG time. If they had been playing the score would not have been half as bad.
We have no decent strikers. Maiga is average at best, as is Carlton Cole.
Joe Cole is past his best. He is not half the player he used to be.
Tactically, I would have gone out with a defensive set up last night and tried to hit them on the break. That’s basically what Sam did.
Lack of effort – this is what most people have been moaning about since the game, but I’m not sure about this. Apart from Diame, who seems to amble around the midfield with no urgency at all these days, I think that most of the players tried their best last night. The thing is, their best is so far short of what Man City’s players are capable of, it looks like they aren’t trying when they actually are. They are just not very good. If I was chasing shadows all night and losing by a cricket score, I would probably look deflated. I think most people would.
So what actually did Sam get wrong? Not a great deal really. He has had a nightmare season with injuries. Yes, some of his tactical decisions have looked dodgy, but if you haven’t got any decent players, especially up front, then you really have your hands tied. I know he has signed players that haven’t been that great, but he has very little money to spend and no-one seems to want to come to West Ham anyway. Those that do are usually has-beens looking for a final pay off.
The future? I still think we can get out of the relegation zone when some of our injured players get back. I really do. But we need to stay behind the team and the manager in the meantime. I know it hurts when we get beat big time. It hurts really bad. But protesting against the manager and the team won’t help that, just make it all the more difficult. I would prefer a different manager but we have who we have, and changing him now I don’t think will help much. I still think that the players are behind him. It still seems that Allardyce is behind his players. So, here’s to wiping the slate clean and putting in a big performance against Cardiff. Come on you Irons!!