However, this season has seen a remarkable improvement, having only conceded one goal, to a Hull City penalty, which was the only game we have lost as well. Of course, this has also included the outstanding 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane over London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.
Sam Allardyce has always been known to have a good, solid backline, but the defenders and Jussi Jaaskelainen have been in inspired form on the road. Allardyce is to be credited for our change in fortunes. We are hard to beat, hard to break down and when attackers do get through the defence, Jussi has been there to stop anything else.
Big Sam has been criticised in the past for his annoying habit of sticking with his tactics whether home or away, but the formation of 4-6-0 at Spurs has given us more options when playing away. I would like to think we will go to ‘lesser’ places this season and go for it, especially when Andy Carroll is back in the team.
For now, I have been mightily impressed with our away form, and let’s just hope Allardyce can get us winning at home again, starting this weekend against Aston Villa!
COME ON YOU IRONS!!
By Chelmo Hammer
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