I have to laugh at the 'it's not fancy football' comments.
No-one is asking for that. Of course they have better players and will probably dominate possession, but we've got to be able to pass the ball 5 yards a few times in a row otherwise it is just dross, and you will end up conceding, when your luck runs out and then it's game over.
Sam has acknowledged that, and said he expects better, so fair enough.
But yeah, it needs to get better.