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As the introduction to this piece highlighted, one of the main reasons why Sam Allardyce is not given the full credit he deserves is that people still believe the myth about him.
The myth that his teams can only play one way: the direct way.
No matter what Allardyce has achieved in his career (and the players he has had) the accusation that his teams play one-dimentional, robotic football with no style or grace has never left him.
What a load of rubbish.
While it is true that Allardyce's sides are direct and they are physical, it is by no means their only facet.
Anyone who saw West Ham's 3-1 win over Chelsea in December 2012 will know just how Sam Allardyce's teams can play—with style.
It was the same last season in the Championship. It is somehow all too easy to forget.
That has always been the case, whether it has been Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn or now at West Ham.
Allardyce's teams find the "pretty" way to win when they can.
As he pointed out when he took over, in recent seasons "pretty" at West Ham has just been another word for losing.
For Allardyce it is about finding the most effective way to win.
And winning is what survival is all about.