A crisis torn world looked towards Uncle Sam to solve its problems but it appears Sam has problems.
We should not judge Sam Allardyce and West Ham on one home defeat but it is pretty painful none the less. Uncle Sam had a good team at his disposal which several Premier League teams would pay well to have with them, but they are a shy lot. They blush when they see the goalposts and do not want to upset the back of the net.
'It's only one game' a devoted West Ham fan told me as he left the ground 'you've got to give them time. They looked as if they weren't quite ready. Sam will have them in shape in no time.'
Preparing for my piece today I was looking for more than that. 'Is it the same old West Ham?' I asked one supporter. I got a chorus of 'Yes' from one group and 'No' from another.
Cardiff got the goal that spoilt West Ham's clean sheet. It had been well washed since last season but was it headed in the same direction.
'Have we got a Leeds situation on our hands ?' I asked.
'We are looking up not down!' was the cry.
So will Uncle Sam solve this crisis of confidence? Perhaps he will find a way for West Ham to print money so a goalscorer can be found.