I have to agree with Red here, he/she made a couple of valid points which are inescapable.
However, our 4th place finish can never be described as a fluke, out of character possibly, but not a fluke.
OK, out of character sounds more like it. I'll accept that assessment.
MY point wasn't to suggest that you WILL falter, only that 4 games in is WAY too soon to be boasting about your performance overall. So I brought up the Charlton comparison. Could have brought up LFC's (late September, we were 11th, and finished 3rd, one point out of 2nd).
As for flukes: in that one game, OK, can't take that away. No "fluke" there, either (though some, not me, might see it that way. Same as our FIFTH European championship was no fluke, referenced here earlier). You deserved the win. But will you keep it up? Only time will tell.
Actually, kind of hoping you do. What makes a rivalry meaningful is when both teams are playing well (in this context, contending for European spots). Makes it that much more satisfying when we do win. This one will always be special, but meaningful as well? Not in recent years. But your side may be onto something good. Andy Johnson, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman, David Weir, Phil Neville? Top shelf talent, all. And if Lescott continues to develop, Yobo ever finds some consistency and Tim Howard ever regains his lost form, you will be trouble for sure. FWIW: young Mr. Anichebe, the little I've seen of him, is going to be quite a talent, too, as he matures and gets consistent first-team minutes.