Ok, it again hasn't been terribly pretty but it hasn't all been long ball either. What would be the point when Maiga is the lone man up front and he has been as useless as ever.
We really are playing with 10 men at the moment and I can't believe that either Vaz Te or Nolan as the target man could be as bad. Maiga's half was summed up when the ball fell to him in the box in the final minute and he failed to control it, failed to shape his body, failed to get a proper connection and provoked jeers of derision as the ball floated behind for a goal kick like a balloon. Hopeless, truly, truly hopeless.
Mind you, Maiga's not alone in having a bit of a mare. Allardyce will be laying in to Jarvis after the dipstick has made a complete hash of his crossing and mistimed a run which resulted in a goal being disallowed because he was a fraction off side. Like Maiga, he is not a very intelligent footballer.
And at the back, Collins has been shaky, sliding on his arse once and so allowing a Southampton break, and losing possession horribly when the final defender. Fortunately Rodrigeuz failed to control the ball.
And generally speaking our crossing from the flanks has been poor, with only O'Brien keeping his head when in space. I'm wondering if Allardyce had had them practising with a sodden old leather ball because it is frightening how many times crosses and long balls have been overhit.
On the positive side, Jussi pulled off a brilliant save, Diame forced an equally good save, the tackling has been tigerish, we have had the ball in the net and Morrison very nearly curled one into the top corner from outside the box. The worry is, should Southampton score, who the hell, apart maybe from Nolan or Morrison, is going to score for us? This team is terrifyingly light on goal scorers.