Move forward a week and a visit to the south coast, and the result looked inevitable after Arnautović got stupidly sent off. Fair play to us for getting back into it but, you just never feel like we can see games out.
I could accept both those results. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty to worry about from both performances but to me, our trip to Newcastle gave us the chance to kick start our season.
What happened at St James’ Park will leave many a fan shaking their head for years to come, and quite rightly, many vented their anger at Slaven Bilic on social media.
I had to stop scrolling through my timeline in the end. I didn’t look at it for at least 24 hours after the final whistle. It was just too depressing. And there’s a sense of deja vu.
There was a small “Allardyce Out” group that grew and grew in number and the same thing is happening again. I don’t think we should sack Bilic though. I’ve been less than impressed with some of his decisions since the start of last season but he got us to mid-table and with the squad we now have available, we have every chance of pushing up the table this month.