Was he at Reading? I was. And we were crap. Truly, truly crap. What about Portsmouth? Playing against 10 men and we stumbled over the finishing line with a penalty. What about against Forest? We could have been three goals down before Noble netted from a very dubious penalty award. What about against Coventry? That could easily have ended in a draw. What about the Derby game? Two goals behind in no time because the Rams, like Forest and Ipswich, "came out of the blocks quicker than us". Tell me, why were all these clubs allowed to seize the initiative?
That's easy to answer of course. Allardyce sets out to win a game attritionally. It is a safety first approach, based on allowing the opposition to burn themselves out and looking to snatch a goal over the course of 90 minutes. The trouble is, if a team seizes the initiative and scores early, you are buggered. As we were last night!
The new signings will hopefully help but - and this is a frightening thing to say - we missed Diop last night. Without a third centre back, we are just as frail through the middle as we ever were. Remember last year when we went to Newcastle and shipped five? Tell me, what's changed? Apart from the quality of the opposition, of course! At least Grant's team struggled against Premiership teams!
Last night's performance was disgraceful and humiliating. Allardyce is threatening to drop players - but he should look into the mirror if he wants to know who really is to blame. But was there any humility? Was there fcuk! He is an arrogant sod, convinced that there is only one way of operating, the Allardyce way!
I would love to know how many times we got the ball into Ipswich's box last night- the great measure of success according to Doctor Evil. Unfortunately for him, games are decided by the number of times the ball ends up in the back of the net!