Last week’s win at Palace was, as the old cliche goes, a breath of fresh air.

Passing on the floor, running at defenders, two top drawer goals, Carlton Cole scoring, organisation, three points. It had absolutely everything and was a glimpse of the new philosophy Allardyce is trying to, or rather being forced to, adopt at the club.

The Sheffield United result in the week was a blip, I feel, and a game that we would have won handsomely on another night. It just wasn’t to be.

But today we have the chance to make it back-to-back Premier League wins and build on what has been a good start to new league campaign.

We may have six first team players injured, but I can’t see that being too much of a problem for Allardyce, with most of the sidelined players either ineffective or have been injured all season anyway.

So here’s how I think we’ll line up against Southampton this afternoon…

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