OK, we have a game in hand but it is away to Brighton and, after our tame performance at Southampton, does anybody genuinely feel confident that we will take more than one point from that one? Let's just consider the table on the basis of a share of the spoils with the Seagulls shall we?
At the top sit Southampton, a modest team well managed and organised. They have Lallana and Lambert, but both have spent too many years in the lower divisions to be anything special. Dear God, when they beat us, they started David Connolly! I thought he had been put out with the rubbish years ago! But even though Southampton are no more than ordinary and were playing in the old Third Division last season, they sit proudly on top of the pile.
In second are Boro, who come Tuesday morning will probably be sitting two points ahead of us, still occupying second spot! Now I defy you to name a Boro player who would interest a Premiership side, outside of young players who have "potential" and who would sit on the bench or disappear into the reserves.
And who is in third? Crystal bloody Palace and they are shite!
Leeds are now level on points with us from the same number of games played and just two points separates us from 13th spot in the table! That may be three points - one result - come Tuesday morning.
My point? All along I have been challenging this absurd notion that we have made a good start to the season. I told everybody that would listen - and most of you just hurled insults back - that we were in a false position down to a run of easy fixtures at the start of the season and that our poor performances were a better measure than our position in the table.
Now we can see what our "good start" has amounted to. Leeds fans were calling for Grayson's head because they had started so poorly - but Leeds are level on points with us. Most would agree than Sven has done a terrible job at Leicester so far, but they are only 2 points shy of us at the moment. Ispwich shipped 7 at Peterborough but they are just 1 point behind us this morning. We all saw with our own eyes just how shit Blackpool are, but they are on our shoulder.
Look at that table and our results and tell me that Allardyce has done a good job so far! We are now into the run of more challenging fixtures and the defeat at Southampton shows how artificial and frail was our second spot. Sure we may yet win at Brighton and may yet climb back into second place, but the division is squeezed together like an old soap box and whilst teams like Leeds are gelling and pushing on after a shaky start to the season, we are still stuttering, not even knowing our best shape, never mind the best personnel to fit that shape. And that is down to Allardyce.
With Taylor struggling with a deep seated injury, Bentley out for the season and rumours that Lansbury is out for two months, we have no alternative for the left of midfield. So it is Diouf time seemingly. Well, better the devil you know eh Doctor Evil?
This is a piss poor division crammed with mediocrity but I have seen no evidence so far that we are going to storm it!