Many posters are optimistic about Paul Lambert's tenure - their glass is half full. Others remain sceptical (despite which, we are all hopeful, of course), and their glass is perhaps half empty. Opinions are certainly less polarised than under KJ, or latterly under Walter. Many commentators shift from one camp to the other, almost weekly, opinion shifting with the changing winds of win or lose as the matches go by, optimism when results are good being tempered by reality when they are bad. This is only to be human. In a post on another thread a week or so ago, I commented that in fact, the glass was neither half full, nor half empty, but really just 50/50. Quite literally, with 3 league wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats since PL took-over (though in points, of course, this is somewhat less than a 50% points haul on his 9 matches in charge). PL has stopped the slide, but our inconsistent league form still leaves the net direction unclear. The great result against Stoke has raised morale amazingly, perhaps because it just might give us a glimpse of what could be in the Premier League. I am as delighted as any at the prospect of a cup run, if it can be maintained, and even more so at what the cup result might just tell us about the improving attitude, fitness and mutual understanding/cohesion of the squad. Let us hope it is translated to the league. But in the harsh light of day, it is one result, notable, but not a revolution on its own. PL has definitely steadied the ship, and Saturday's cup result gives us all pride and renewed hope. Turning around a big ship always starts gradually though. In the light of all this, and in the interests of not getting carried away, I am raising the level in the glass, by a totally subjective and non-scientific estimate, to 53% (full!). I remain hugely hopeful, but realistically sceptical for the future.