Big Sam keeps saying that we are 9 points better off than at the same time last season, but as you’ll see – this is hardly an apples to apples comparison Sam is making.
While itâ€™s true that we did have only 9 points from our first 12 league games, they were hardly against the same sides, and to have a true comparison thatâ€™s what needs to be done.
Sam Allardyce – keeps saying we are 9 points better off than last season – not really
After 12 games last year we only had 9 points, and were 3rd bottom of the league. The other 3 teams in the bottom 4 at that time were Watford, Charlton and Sheffield United, who all ended up getting relegated. Our first 12 games were not against the same teams as this season. In the first 12 games last year, as an example, we had played both Manchester United and Liverpool away, and lost both of those games. If you look at the last 2 seasons and measure the same games we have played (replacing relegated sides with promoted ones), then you find that last season we had 18 points from the same games, and the season before we had 23 points from those same games, when Graeme Souness was still manager. Take a look at it in the STATS – Results Compared to Last Two Seasons
So the bottom line is we are doing no better than we did last season, and worse then we did two seasons ago. We are not particularly happy about that, but we don’t think comparing our start with last season is a fair comparison.
What do you think?