I'm not a big fan of KUMB - it plays the party line 99.9% of the time - but Daniel Nussbaum's latest article really takes the biscuit. According to the Allardyce brown noser, the fans don't understand what is going on and shouldn't be criticising the negativity displayed in playing 4-5-1 at home to little old Posh. We should marvel at the genius of Doctor Evil apparently because he is grinding out results and turning around a losing mentality.
Well, typically, this Daniel who sits in judgement overlooks a key fact. Losing mentality or not, Grant's team beat every Championship side they played last season - and with ease. No grinding out of results then, the psychologically destabilised Hammers scored goals for fun, hitting 11 in three homes games against teams in the second tier of English football. The way Nussbaum writes, you would think we were still in the Prem! Of course away games no longer instill us with terror and we no longer live in dread of thumpings - we are playing crap teams!
Apparently Nussbaum is also party to a secret rule change. He claims, "big Sam is on course to lead the club to automatic promotion". Is that so? Funny, I missed the news that 4th place secured you promotion. A play off place yes, but a play off place is the minimum expectation isn't it?
Of course, Nussbaum the Toad also fails to comment on the fact that we have beaten nobody of note thus far and overlooks that the last 180 minutes of football have yielded just one goal - scored from a dubious penalty award. Nor does he recognise that the Pompey game apart, we have not scored more than a single goal in four home games this season, including that humiliating defeat at home to Aldershot.
Daniel may be happy but I am with the fans who are voicing concerns. Our start has been, at best, stuttering. I have seen nothing to suggest that we have truly turned a corner. Nussbaum may be right when he says we will get fitter and stronger as the season goes on, but he may equally be wrong. The season only really starts when we play the likes of Leicester, Southampton, Middlesborough, Derby and Brighton. Only then will we see if Allardyce has done a job or simply done a number on us.
The squad is strong enough to win the title but only if they are allowed to play to their potential. Thus far, at Upton Park, they have played in a corset of Sam's design. He needs to take off the whale bone restraints and let the quality players basque in the glory of goal making and scoring. Then, and only then, will the fans take Doctor Evil to their collective hearts.