When Al Pacino took on the role of Sonny Wortzik, a man who decides to rob a local Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover's operation but he is forced to take hostages after the heist does not go as planned, the part was seen as a very brave choice. Dog Day Afternoon was critically acclaimed but didn't do very well at the Box Office initially.
Based on a true story, Wortzik's actions were both brave but foolhardy and didn't end well! As West Ham approach their own 'Dog Day After TOON', manager David Moyes cannot in ANY WAY be accused of being reckless or foolhardy, however he can be accused of NOT being brave.
What does it take to make him take a risk? Sunday's offering at the Stratford Stadium was hardly inspiring, the team won in spite of Moyes and NOT because of him. The beleaguered manager has an incredible reluctance to use players he 'doesn't fancy' relying on his old cohort of 'trusted' past its instead.
Sunday's extremely narrow victory over bottom of the table Southampton illustrated just how detached Dino's thinking has become. The game was screaming out for Max Cornet and or Gianluca Scamacca to come on, however Moyes elected to use neither of them instead.
Any other team would have punished Hammers, fans were very lucky it was Southampton who were visitors, the victory was very narrow indeed! Tonight The newly minted and slightly arrogant Toon are the visitors and on the face of it will chew Moyes's team into little pieces unless he goes large, will he?
Unfortunately the Dino is NOT for turning and a heavy beating could be on the cards, the fans will still turn up in force, but the 'dredge' they are forced to watch could test the most determined of supporters. Results last night went above and beyond what could be hoped for, it is a pity that there will be little or no hope for tonight's fixture! - Ed