I've said it before and I will say it again, you start the season with the chance of winning just three trophies, and the title is hopelessly out of reach. To surrender your place in one of those competitions by picking a reserve team is just plain stupid. Make a couple of changes fair enough, make nine changes and you are asking to be tonked.
And don't give me the "keeping key players fit" line. If that's the case, why risk Jarvis? Surely we haven't paid all that money for an impact sub in the Prem?
And what has that game done for the confidence of those who played exactly? It's all very well for Allardyce to complain about our defending, but if I was Tomkins I would be hammering on his door and asking how a defence is meant to play together when they are strangers and when players are being used out of position. Tomkins alongside Reid or Collins with McCartney at left back and Spence at right back would have made sense; the four selected were crazy. End of.
Allardyce also said he expected better "value for money" from his defenders. Well the fans who paid good money had the right to see a proper team.
And the effect on the club's confidence overall?
Stupid. Bloody stupid!