Only at West Ham could a debate be raging about the Managers abilities when sitting in 4th place with around a third of the season gone .
Having said that , I do see a little bit of where Romford is coming from - essentially , Villa are a poor side , and in reality if we really want to cement a place in the upper echelons we need to beat them .
On the other hand, sometimes football is unpredictable , and that's why we love it .Our point at Chelsea last season would, before KO, have been down as a home banker for them , and yet we were one of only two teams to get a point at the Bridge last season .
Sometimes the ball just doesn't drop to the right person, sometimes the ref has a mare - three penalty shouts in one phase of play not given , a brilliant save to deny Carroll ......
Could Sam have sent out a different team ? Of course . Would they have done any better ? We'll never know .
What we know is we're fourth going into the break .
Every single fan I know would have bitten your hand off for both that position and the way we've achieved it at the start of the season and for that the Manager and most importantly the players deserves credit .
Onwards and upwards .The Toffees next , and if we get a result there we may have real grounds for optimisim .
From the depths of despair to the peak of hope .Bouncebackability for sure .