Anti-football killing EPL

Anti-football killing EPL

West Ham's stifling tactics at Southampton really were the last straw.

The Hammers didn't merely set up not to lose on Sunday.

They set up to drain the blood from our faces and destroy any stubborn idea that the game might be in the entertainment business.

Sam Allardyce's style underlines that old managerial cliche. If you want to be entertained, go and watch the circus.

He's in the results business.

Indeed he is.

But Big Sam is not getting the right results and still appears to be surrounded by clowns.

In truth, any comparison between the English Premier League and the Cirque du Soleil would be unfair.

The acrobats are usually enthralling, they do not encourage audiences to poke themselves in the eye with a remote control to stay awake and they do not employ Modibo Maiga.

It's not Maiga's fault that Andy Carroll is injured and he is being deployed as Allardyce's favoured totem pole.

But his balance and co-ordination do suggest his body parts are being operated by a small kid sticking pins into a Modibo Maiga voodoo doll.

Like the EPL generally so far, Maigba flatters to deceive.

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