The good news, of course, is that we stepped up to the plate and almost did what we needed to do against Hull. To score three, four or five was unlikely but we won and winning is important when you are going in to the play offs. The Upton Park hoodoo has been laid to rest and with our fantastic away form, we go into Purgatory in good shape. The 86 points we have secured would have earned automatic promotion in four of the last five seasons so, for all my criticism of Allardyce, we have been unlucky to a certain extent. The Reading run has been bloody crazy and in Lallana and Lambert, and belatedly Sharp, Southampton have had a super armoury by the standards of the division.
Mind you, the goal we conceded doesn't bode well. Green jumped early and made a hash of what should have been a simple punch, whilst Demel's attempt at a headed clearance was straight out of the Faubert text book of defending. He made amends later stepping up at the vital moment to catch former Hammer Garcia offside. It was a fabulous finish but thank God it was struck off or the spirits would have been horribly dampened. Cole's goals were great news and he took the second wonderfully. Will he be the playoff hero, taking over the baton from Vaz Te? It was a lovely pass from Lansbury too. Hopefully Allardyce will now give him his head too.
Noble talked at the end of the game of how our prayers hadn't worked, but God isn't going to listen to your pleas with Allardyce at the helm is he? Cardiff over two legs? If you can't get through that you stand no chance in the Premiership. They are a good Cup team and have a taste for Wembley but class should out. Let's get behind the boys and stay positive right the way through to the glorious end, remembering the Shawaddywaddy classic, "There are three steps to Heaven"!