We are joint top! It's another three points! Allardyce is a genius!
Alternatively, our only goal was from the penalty spot, Portsmouth played most of the second half with 10 men, and the shots on goal count stood at 9 to 2 in Portsmouth's favour over the 90 minutes - and one of our 2 was from the penalty spot! Overall, Portsmouth had 13 shots to our 10 and 7 corners to our 3. What does that tell you?
Once again we were somewhere between mediocre and dire when we had the ball. But is that surprising when you start with one man up front and have a midfield of Diop, Noble, Nolan, Collison and Faubert? Even against 10 very average Pompey players, how is that midfield going to open up an opposition? And with Cole up front, is it any surprise that the team, once again, and for the eighth game in succession, failed to score more than a single goal in a game?
Some on here are already crowing about the victory and claiming this result vindicates Allardyce and puts us back on course. Cobblers! Southampton showed what you should do when you are a goal ahead and the opposition go down to 10 men, you step up your game and bang in another two. But not Allardyce. He keeps it compact, plays for the 1-0 and betrays everything our club has ever stood for in the process.
What a waste of money travelling to Pompey to watch that! True I didn't get a parking ticket like I got at Reading and true it felt better to drive home with 3 points in the bag, rather than after a 3 goal tonking, but apart from that, dear God, it was dire. True we passed the ball on the floor better than Pompey even when they had 11 players on the pitch, but where is the flair? Where is the inspiration? Where is the imagination? Where is the pace? Where is the joy, the entertainment, the sense of adventure?
What a relief that Allardyce has signed a defensive lump on loan, that's just what this team is crying out for! To hell with scoring goals, if we can keep the opposition down to a goal or less, we will collect more points than we lose. And that's it. That's what West Ham United has been debased to. It is pitiful, embarrassing, shameful. And for one, I would rather be in the chasing pack playing FOOTBALL than in the top 2 stopping opponents from playing. One Nil to the Claret and Blue is not a chant I want adopted!
So yes we won against 10 man Portsmouth. Big bloody deal. And yes we are joint top of a piss poor division. Big bloody deal. If anybody is excited by today's performance, then they have no sense of what our club stands for, no sense of our heritage, no understanding of the philosophy of Greenwood and Lyall.
So glory in the three points, glory in mediocrity, glory in a betrayal of values, glory in becoming West Ham Wanderers. But don't expect me to trumpet us after a 1-0 victory against 10 mediocre players. The problems persist despite today's victory.
Player Ratings: Green 6, O'Brien 6, Tomkins 6, Reid 6, McCartney 6, Diop 6, Noble 6, Collison 6, Nolan 6, Faubert 6, Cole 6 Yawn!