Walking out of the London Stadium at the weekend there were a host of choice words being used by West Ham United fans to describe what they had just seen.
For me the overriding feeling was that it has just got a bit boring.
Even when West Ham were being tipped to challenge the top six after a promising start to the new season, there wasn’t much to get the heart racing.
Remember the feeling turning up to watch the team when Dimitri Payet was here?
West Ham becoming boring
That excitement at what you might be about to witness.
Under Manuel Pellegrini West Ham undoubtedly try to play a better style of football than that seen under Sam Allardyce and David Moyes.
But the truth is while Pellegrini’s intentions are good, West Ham have become predictable and a bit boring to watch.
The Hammers are averaging one goal per game.
And they have scored just one of their 12 goals this season from outside the box, the joint-worst record in the Premier League.
With no alternatives to Sebastien Haller, Pellegrini’s side slip into a frustratingly slow passing routine to work their way up the pitch and it rarely ends in a decent cross being delivered – as anyone watching the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on Saturday will testify.
And the prospects for improvement look bleak
But it’s not just that. West Ham are out a cup they had a realistic chance of trying to win. The much hyped start to the season has fizzled out to rank mediocrity.
And there is just nothing on the bench in Pellegrini’s woefully short squad to give supporters faith that there could be better to come.
If West Ham fans are finding the team predictable, then what about opposition managers?
The Hammers must be ridiculously easy to plan for at the moment.
Project Pellegrini at the risk of going stale
And that is despite West Ham boasting names like Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Haller.
The truth is Pellegrini simply needed more money to spend in the summer to really enable West Ham to push on. The team lacks pace.
But there is little chance of any decent business being done in January. So this looks to be West Ham’s lot for the season.
The excitement is gone. Now Pellegrini must ensure his entire project does not go stale.