So, Allardyce almost has a full squad to choose from for the game at Portsmouth. Only Taylor and Demel are ruled out by injury, and all the key players should be fresh after a two week break. If we don't win today, the Allardyce bubble will be well and truly burst. He has a squad of 20 players, most of whom have experience in the Prem, and many of whom Doctor Evil brought to the club. Anything less than a victory will be a kick in the solar plexus of Allardyce's reputation.
But the OS is making excuses already, warning us all that Pompey are on a "fantastic run of form at home" with five wins and two draws. But check out who they have beaten on that run! The might of Barnsley, Doncaster, Forest, Coventry and Watford! Big bloody deal! The two draws, to be fair, were against Southampton and Leicester, but neither have been setting the world on fire of late have they?
This is a big, big game. Another disappointing performance will set the seal on our demise. We are struggling and the pack are closing up, even though they are all no better than average. It's time for Allardyce to prove himself. We need to win today. He has a big squad to pick from. If he hasn't got a replacement for Taylor, that's his fault - he's had more than enough time to source one. So, let's see if Allardyce is all he reckons himself to be, or if he is just another Avram, but with a tad more belligerence.