It wasn’t just the players. Never before have I seen people leave in such numbers, twenty to go and nil-nil and people were leaving? That’s never happened.
Then the ref blows his whistle and we all saw the cold hard blast of reality. Disenchanted players bereft of confidence, organisation. Maiga being Maiga, Ravel showboating, Jarvis plopping aimless ball after aimless ball into a 6 yard box without a single player willing to go there.
Its a certainty that something has gone wrong, this wasn’t a side that rolled its sleeves up and fought hard, that wasn’t a manager who thought his players would react to him.
The fans saw this and first they turned ugly, but it was as if we weren’t there. The players stoically went thru the paces. Then I heard sadness, disbelief and hopelessness.
For better or worse Sam lost us all tonight.
Then I heard him on the radio, if we had scored six more goals. Sam anyone who was at Upton Park saw a side that has lost touch with its manager, lost touch with the fans.
Also for the first time in 35 years, maybe in that area’s history.