What a pile of crap! Look at the starting eleven today and it was embarrassing. Never mind the injuries, the squad Allardyce has put together is simply pathetic, and the reason, of course, is the ludicrous purchase of the injured Carroll and the superfluous Downing.
Any team featuring Demel, McCarthorse, O'Brien, a semi fit Diarra, Taylor, Collison and Maiga in the starting line up is going to struggle. Where was the creativity? Where was the flair? Where was the goal scoring potential? There was none, of course. OK, we took the lead with the most route one goal in the history of route one, but we were never going to keep hold of it and we were never going to score a second - even with eleven men on the pitch.
The Nolan sending off was a disgrace. He was no doubt pissed off that he mistimed the last red and so had to put in a shift over the Christmas break; so he bought himself a holiday in early January instead. Captain? No captain stabs his own team through the heart and he should be relieved of the armband forthwith. In fact, I will script Allardyce's press conference for him:
"Nolan is a total James Hunt and is no longer the club captain. And I am now going to do the honourable thing myself and resign. I have fcuked up royally and have to accept responsibility instead of blaming player errors, missed chances, poor refereeing decisions and injuries. I built this squad and it is shit. End of. I apologise to the club's fans and wish them better luck with the next manager. I hear Neil Warnock is looking for a way back into football."
Relegation isn't just a possibility now, it is a probability. This squad is as bad as Grant's and is heading for the Premiership trap door. Can any manager save us? I honestly doubt it because the injuries, the red cards and the sense of resignation in the air have doomed written all over them.
And the game itself? Well it was dire. Fulham are shit which makes the defeat all the harder to take. In fact, it was all summed up by the winner, with Parker miscueing a shot straight to an unmarked Berbatov who simply tapped into an empty net. A Scotty Parker assist! That says it all!
Would the last man to leave Upton Park please switch off the lights?
Player ratings: Jussi 6, Demel 4, McCartney 4, Diarra 4, O'Brien 4, Noble 4, Collison 3, Diame 5, Taylor 5, Nolan 0, Maiga 4 Subs: Rat 4, Downing 3, Carlton Cole 3