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Keegan retains admirable faith in the pair, yet even the City fans are beginning to lose patience in a striking partnership which has mustered just two goals in two months.
The fans began to lose patience recently - chants of "you're not fit to wear the shirt" rang around Upton Park - as West Ham went 11 Premiership games without a win.
For most of the season the supporters have got behind the team but the constant lacklustre performances allied to the large increase in next season's ticket prices has seen them finally lose patience.
Nebraska was 5-6 last season, its first losing year since 1961 and fans were already starting to lose patience with Callahan, the former Oakland Raiders coach.
Vialli, who once again taught a few of his managerial rivals the art of accepting decisions with grace (not Wise's red card, but that of Desailly), must surely lose patience with his cap'n before too long.