Dear God, how desperate are the Doctor Evil apologists? Over on the Org there is a thread running eulogising Allardyce, and the consensus is that Allardyce is doing a fantastic job, not because the team is playing well, but because the team is playing badly!
The logic is so perverse it requires quoting or else I will not do it justice. Apparently Nolan is a brilliant captain because we are "winning games that we deserve to lose". Apparently it is "a mark of a good side when they "play poor or scrappy football and still walk away with a win". Apparently our victory over Brighton was a "beautiful game with some stunning defending and absolute spot on tactics". Apparently we should build and worship at the altar of Doctor Evil because we "grind out results". Apparently we should "Get some perspective and start the merry making because this truly is the best time in a very long time to be a West Ham supporter". And apparently, anybody who doesn't concur with all this is a "simpleton".
And what is the justification for this eulogy? We are second in a very poor division, five points behind Southampton who were two divisions below us last season; and yesterday we got lucky and ground out a 2-1 victory against the team who are joint bottom of the table! In fact, we ground out a 1-0 win away to bottom team Doncaster, a 2-1 win away to second to bottom Coventry and a 0-0 draw at home to third from bottom Bristol City. Brilliant!
Read the Allardyce apologists and you would think we were better than Barcelona! They are a rubbish team because they look brilliant and win; we're better because we look shit every time we play but win regardless. That's what fans pay to see apparently. They don't want beautiful football. They don't want to see exhilarating football. They don't want breathless, attacking football. Why would they want that for God's sake? No, fans pay to see dour, boring, oppressive, utilitarian football. Aesthetics? To hell with aesthetics. Or to Southampton with aesthetics at least!
So this is the best of times is it? Well Dickens coined "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" and that sums it up for me. Of course I was delighted with the three points yesterday but the performance was, yet again, dreadful. I am appalled that West Ham fans, in their desperation, are setting the bar so low and allowing Allardyce to subvert the values of the club so absolutely whilst getting so very little in return.
How I feel sorry for the fans of Barcelona. Sullivan and Gold should target the Catalan demographic with a marketing slogan of "Why have caviar when you can swallow shit instead?"