Itís a rare occasion as a West Ham fan that you look at a fixture against Manchester United and fancy your chances. This was the first mistake I made on Saturday.
Depressing, hideous, an abuse of our loyalty and support..and those are only the printable views on Saturdayís quit shocking display against Manchester United.
Itís been a frustrating season for Hammers striker Andy Carroll. The 25-year-old saw has seen his season massively cut short following an ankle injury that has kept him out for five months.
Is it just me who fears we are sleepwalking towards a disaster that will make a mockery of all the self-congratulation that we have had to endure after managing one decent month of results in a dreadfully disappointing season?
I must admit, when I indulged in a little "blue sky thinking" I didn't expect to produce a lightning bolt that would blow up a powder keg! Perhaps I should have finished with a couple of questions to make the intent of my previous article just that little bit clearer.
Let me start with some facts. A perfect February with four wins out of four matches. Nine goals scored and only one conceded. From 19th to tenth. No notable injuries and Andy Carroll is back from suspension. I can smell safety from here.
Mauricio Pochettino has to be the man for the job. If I can have just one transfer in the coming close season, whatever it costs, bring in Pochettino. What you do with Allardyce, I'm indifferent to. Kick him upstairs to a Director of Football position if it's cheaper, or just sack him; I'm really not interested.
It's a story that has been told many times throughout history. From Faust, to George Burns. When the going gets rough, the devil himself offers you a way out. Sign over your soul, and all sorts of short term goodness will come your way.
Am I surprised that Ravel Morrisonís time at the Boleyn is going to end with him departing under a cloud? Not one bit. Am I gutted it is ending amid so much acrimony? You bet.
The scene is being set for the real conversation about safe standing in English football grounds to begin.