Something must have crawled up Allardyce's arse on his way to the game. How else can you explain his downbeat assessment of a highly creditable and passionately committed performance at the Etihad. Yes we lost, but as I said in my half time report and match report, we gave Unreal City a game, which we had no right to do when you look at the cost of assembling the two teams.
In one way, Allardyce's judgement that we need "better players" is encouraging but it sounded churlish, nay spiteful, after a narrow defeat to the recently deposed Champions. For God's sake, we finished in third place in the Championship last season, 22 places behind Mancini's millionaires. To push them close, and at times outplay them, was impressive.
Instead of moaning, Allardyce should have praised Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Diame, Jarvis and Carroll in particular. There are "better players" out there, but we can't afford the Van Persies, Ronaldos and Messis, so we should acknowledge the efforts of those we have.
I went on record yesterday to say I was proud of the team and praised Allardyce for our performance. I don't know what game he was watching, or what he expected, but it was a valiant and praiseworthy effort based on what I saw!
(Match report here: http://thegamesgonecrazy.blogspot.ro/2013/04/manchester-city-2-west-ham-1-dignity-in.html )