For me I prefer to watch entertaining, fast , 1-2 touch passes, with the odd flick, bit of skill thrown in, with some passes pinged over 50 yards (Huddlestone to Russell against Sunderland and Buxton's passes to Russell/Ward for examples). I loved Burley's play off season, it was one of the most entertaining, as you knew no game was going to finish 0-0. It was the same under TBE, I walked into the ground knowing we were going to attack the opposition and knew that the team were going out to win 3/4/5-0. At times it didn't work but we gave it a good go.
Our best seasons recently have come when we have had a band of misfits and cast offs with no pressure to do anything, it hasn't juat been the last 3-4 years, the last 20 odd, after spending Lionel's millions on Short, Kitson, Johbson et al, TBE just missing out on Europe in 98/99, 02/03 after we were relegated and had all these high earner "superstars" like Kinkladze and Ravanelli, 05/06 after the play offs under Burley, 08/09 after buying anyone and everyone.
Sorry gone off at a tangent there