So, we are now embroiled in a relegation battle proper. Those who argued that we were safe had clearly forgotten the example of Shafting United during our Great Escape season. We may stay up, but only if the teams below us keep losing because this side are not going to win many more points.
What can you say after this inept surrender? Thank God Norwich and Reading didn't win! Reading are now a real worry. They seem to have forgotten how to lose and are on the sort of charge that saw them storm the Championship. Twice behind against Chelsea, they showed more guts and fire than we have shown for the best part of two months now.
Our slide down the table continues. Our pathetic inability to create and convert chances continues. Our woeful defending continues. Allardyce's blame culture will no doubt continue. But sooner or later the buck has to stop with him.
Yes his stats may look impressive but there's no point in pumping in crosses if the crosses are aimless. And there's no point in getting in decent crosses if your forwards are gutless, brainless and can't hit a barn door from five paces. How crap was Chamakh tonight? Why the hell was he allowed to stay on the pitch for so long?
Nolan scored at last. That's good news. We now need his goals to come in a clutch. We have to pray that Carroll can find the desire to extend himself and that he can remember where the back of the net is. We have to beat Swansea now or we are in deep, deep, deep shit!