What the fcuk! I've been warning about this!!! 11 v 10 and no keeper! So is Allardyce a twat? Well yes, but what a result regardless!
Incredible! Three red cards in a row with three of our best players - on paper - taking it in turns for an early bath, and we end up with 7 points from 9 and tonight scored 4 for the first time since October 15 when we played...erm Blackpool! I spent last season calling them the Kings Arms, a pub side in the Prem, and tonight they played like it! How the fcuk do you lose 4-1 when the opposition don't have a keeper and are down to ten men?
Full marks to those who stayed on the pitch again! Maynard and Vaz Te have notched their first goals for the club, O'Neil justified the fee we payed Miserablebrough, Tomkins capped another excellent display with a goal, and the whole team defended like...well like an Allardyce team! And what a blinder Lansbury played in goal - not that Blackpool managed to get a shot on target once he went between the sticks!
Hopefully Allardyce will now see the nonsense of not having a keeper on the bench - was he ever going to use Baldock when he already had Cole on the bench? - though he might not now have a replacement keeper to use unless he makes an emergency loan signing. Cudacini? Gomes? Almunia? I'd imagine Sullivan is on the blower already. Anybody other than Boffin! In fact Lansbury might start against Palace!
Ollie will be going ballistic and Allardyce will be wondering if he is ever going to get through a game with 11 players still on the pitch at the final whistle! Picking a team against Palace will now be a challenge. No Taylor, Nolan or Green for sure, Faye went off injured and presumably Demel and Diop aren't ready yet given Potts was on the bench tonight. What's happened to the Yank? Presumably he isn't up to the job.
Anyway Sam proved a point tonight. Even with 10 men and no keeper he still got a better result than Grant! And, of course, we are back on top of the table with a game in hand. Happy days!