Now given the club anthem, dreaming is, of course, a dangerous thing. Leeds fans posting on here like to taunt about bubbles from the backside, and any presumptuous talk, I must confess, usually sets my tummy rumbling. We are West Ham United, after all, and West Ham United have never given the fans an easy ride.
But then again, we are no longer West Ham United, are we? Since Allardyce took charge, the mentality of the club has changed. Bugger pretty football, Allardyce's first priority is to avoid defeat and his second is to win. And thus far, the team are keeping pretty well to his script.
It's true that we haven't beaten "much" so far this season, but it's true too that this is a pretty average Premiership. Chelsea and Man City stand out, but other than that, there's nobody to be truly terrified of. In fact, the performance and result against Arsenal must be rated disappointing because Arsenal are no longer a major force, as the result at Norwich proved. I suspect that a fully fit and firing Carroll would have won that game for us before Walcott made it on to the pitch.
We are sitting on 14 points already, and we were desperately unlucky against Sunderland. Had we netted one of the six chances that went begging in that game, we would now be in the top four, and a fifth of the way through the season, that would be truly amazing.
And we have done all this whilst battling with injuries to key players. Demel was missing on Saturday and he has been our best player so far this season. O'Brien is out, and whilst no Ashley Cole or Glenn Johnson, he is probably our best full back outside of Demel. To win with Tomkins at right back is quite an achievement! Carroll has been out too, and has not yet achieved full sharpness. Diarra hasn't kicked a ball yet. Collison has been injured too. Cole is apparently only ever going to be 90% fit. And Maiga is learning about the British game and will get better the more game time he gets,
The Independent carries an article today contrasting the recruitment policy of Allardyce and Adkins and the summer recruitment strategy was nothing short of stunning. Even without Carroll's wages, we spent over £16m in the summer, and Allardyce invested it very wisely indeed. Diame paired with Noble allows Nolan to play higher than he did last season in the Championship, Jarvis offers pace and flair on the flanks, Carroll may not be everybody's cup of tea but he is one of the best English strikers currently playing the game and has a brilliantly understanding with Nolan, Collins has made mistakes but has oodles of experience and has the heart of a lion, Jussi is at least as good as Green, Maiga may yet prove to be an astute signing, Benayoun will win us games with his flair and if Diarra gets fits. he may not yet be a pup.
And best of all, Allardyce is getting the best out of Noble, who I still maintain will make the England squad before the season ends.
Is there a storm cloud on the horizon? Of course. The fixtures will get harder and we have yet to see how the team responds when results go against them, but the full back positions apart, we look well equipped to cope with all but the best five or six teams in this division - home or away.
So should targets now be revised? I found myself wanting QPR and Everton to draw, suddenly wanting to keep a club above us in range rather than worrying absolutely about a relegation probable closing the gap on us. That is quite a sea change for me!
Is a top ten finish beyond us? No, although we need to sign two full backs in the January window to achieve it. Can we make it into the top six? Unlikely but never say never. Top four? Of course not, but it is fun to be within touching distance a fifth of the way through the season.
And relegation? It is still possible. Remember Blackpool. Remember Birmingham. There's always one team that starts well and then stumbles. This is no time to get cocky, but my money would be on Swansea collapsing rather than ourselves.
Time will tell. Dare we dream? Let's wait until after the Wigan game shall we?