I’ve already predicted that this weekend’s encounter with The Eagles is set to be a dour and turgid affair and, in his pre-match press conference, Allardyce has more or less confirmed it.
The salient parts that lead me to reiterate that Allardyce is certainly not going to change for this match, or indeed change at all are clear for all to see. I’ve italicised my interpretation of some of his comments for you to discuss, agree, disagree or lambast me over!
“There’s no search for any more strikers from our point of view. My problem and my difficulty is more at the other end.” (We’ve signed couple of hopeful punts in terms of goals but, in any event, I am obsessed with not conceding so if we lose, I can now say I told you I was worried about the defence and we’re obviously struggling to score goals with Valencia and Sakho “not ready”).
“We’re looking at players who are able to play in that position (centre back) from throughout Europe.” (Screw the creative side of the game, it’s big defenders I’m interested in. Shut up shop, bully the opposition and nick one at the other end if we can)
“ It was difficult to beat them (Crystal Palace) last year and it’ll be just as difficult with the players they’ve brought in.” (We are clearly going to struggle to score against Crystal Palace so we’ll just have to hope that they don’t realise how poor we are and go at us from the off but play cagily.)