Losing at home to teams like Stoke (ok they had a good season), smashed by Bolton (again ok they did have a good season), Blackpool (hit and miss, but see where they finished up), Blackburn (admittedly under Allerdyce), drawing with Fulham (didn't set the world alight and notoriously poor away from home), drawing with Wolves away and drawing with West Ham at St J's (again, where did they end up and struggled throughout). This isn't even going through all the games, just strong indicators that there's perhaps a problem with motivation against lower teams.
I see your draws with Chelsea, Arsenal, Man U and victory over Arsenal as more unusual. Chelsea yes had a bad season, Arsenal you took on when they were strong so kudos but really I'd suspect it's more likely than not that you'll lose more games next season against the big teams - c.f. 3-0 loss to Dalglish's Liverpool, losses to City and Spurs. You were quite limited in the style of play, not that that's a bad thing, but it didn't seem to be effective against teams who would be more used to the type of play Carroll was most suited to. Ironically, when he left some of the goals scored (I'm thinking mainly of ones involving Collocini) were a lot more "creative".
When it comes down to it, I think you put in some great performances, but so did Blackpool, and it was more through luck than ability that you didn't find yourself where they did. I admit that with the lack of quality in the mid-table/certain teams moving above the others (Bolton, Stoke), you may not find it too difficult next season, with Sunderland and Villa teams that could go either way for me.
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