Right, my Internet is still down so I am writing this freestyle, feeling like a Google-shaped section of my brain was removed when I wasn’t looking.
(Tony, how’d you do this in the olden days?!)
Playing West ham at the Emirates should never be a cause for concern, should it? Their resurgence came at just the point their survival was endangered and left, as soon as they reached the points total forecasted by Sam Allardyce, in every television interview over the past month.
“So, Sam, 38 points – should be enough… shouldn’t it? – Said every post-match interviewer ever.
Meanwhile the on-going debate about ends and means persists in East London. From the outside it resembles this: fans sick of watching utter crap, chuckled-down by gruff manager oblivious to how winning could ever be unsatisfactory.
The sacking of T. Pulis encouraged this debate somewhat and might (I.E will definitely not) be come to known as the Staffordshire Springs. The moment an established Premier League club hit a fork in road: one way flat and dreary, the other way with a gradual rise. One way headed by a relegation survivalist; the other by someone with slightly more ambition. It’s an interesting question that ambitious clubs will have to consider sooner or later.
With the Hammers, this question might have come a little too soon, their team hasn’t progressed to the machine-like efficiency of Stoke and therefore hasn’t taken them to a position where survival is guaranteed. They are an established club though; with good infrastructure and resources they have shown to be quite disposable. The choice the fans have shouldn’t simply be Sam Allardyce or relegation, so expect the debate to be a little more relevant next year.
Injury news? I haven’t a bloody clue, the usual people probably. Maybe a few niggles picked up from Saturday evening.
The team might look like this…
Sagna Mert Verm Gibbs
Gnabry Chamberlain Cazorla
The main worry today is that our own lethargy allies its self to Allardyce’s deep dislike of our club.
Cheers and gone.
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