Good post Colin. I too have noticed that we played with a higher intensity of late.
One thing that's a little bit subtle is that people may recall that I've been advocating a good European run combined with good football as part of a "marketing strategy" for want of a better term. People, the media in particular notice this. Get the media on side and you're onto a winner. Bilbao did it last season. Tottenham this year, I mean Bale for example can do no wrong despite the diving. Good football and good publicity makes money. Even Barcelona now are being lauded after the other nights performance.
Something for people to think about as I'm sorry Loki but Allardyce wont reach that level. ;o)