Still suffering a Doncaster hangover. Do we have a team that can only counterattack and play away from home? When have we actually played well at home this season? Apart from the early Portsmouth, Leicester, Blackpool and Derby games, we haven't put in an impressive home performance since November. We had a good 20 minutes against Doncaster and a good 20 minutes against Southampton until Taylor went off, but that's it.
Allardyce has certainly made the team more professional and transformed our away record, but most fans only get to see West Ham at home, so it's about time we performed. Big Sam's latest missive says he's been talking to the players about anxiety, but it's a problem Southampton and Reading don't seem to have. Sam also speaks in the programme of a "lack of goal efficiency" which I think is techo-speak for a phrase involving cow's bottoms and banjos.
You also wonder who is the leader on the pitch - Nolan has an impressive goals tally but does he inspire the side when they're struggling? And why when we get a goal do we always seem to ease off? Nurse, the screens.
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