It has not been a happy time for Steve Bruce. Today, his team showed us at last what they are capable of. Let him milk it for all it’s worth …
It was a terrific performance considering the opposition. I know some would argue and say we have the advantage with Stoke being away from home, of course we do, but our performance and the way we set about the game was terrific.
There were some big performances from individuals and we’ve now seen glimpses of what the team is about.
Stoke are a very decent outfit with some good players. To win at home is terrific; it was a good result and a good performance, which was important.
It’s not often in the Premier League that you go 2-0 up within 10 minutes. We needed to come out of the blocks and give supporters something to cheer about.
We got to see players that some supporters haven’t seen before and it was good to see them playing well.
We’ll take confidence from that win and get our season up and running.
The back four were fantastic. Everyone in the stadium could see that they weren’t going to concede anything from a set-piece.
You know what to expect with Stoke City, you have to put up with the physical stuff that comes your way, and to be fair to them they defended their goal as if their lives depended on it.
I’m delighted for all of the players, I’m not going to pick out individuals – it was a good team performance and a one that we needed.
Overall, I was really happy with our togetherness; the way we competed; the way we didn’t wilt.
It needed to be a team effort from one to eleven today, and it was a seven or eight out of 10 and against Stoke that’s what you need.