I’d like to think that the new Allardyce will see this as something of a ‘free hit’. That is to say, only the most ardent of optimists is really expecting us to win the game tomorrow, with all the sensible money going on an away win, so why not actually go for it? After all, that really would be the West Ham way.
Valencia, Sakho, Downing, with the attacking flair of wing-backs Cresswell and Jenkinson have been the cornerstone of the new style of play, so this is one fan who is hoping Allardyce stays faithful to that modus operandi tomorrow and goes for it. Yes, we may lose but it would be entertaining and you’d have to fancy us to score.
The Allardyce of last season would have attempted to flood the midfield and stop them playing and it will be telling the extent to which he tries to do that tomorrow.
What do you lot think he’ll do?