It was freezing today at the Stadium of Light but the boys put in a performance to warm the cockles.
Having said that, it was no walk over but from the moment we took the lead it was always comfortable. The squad is now showing what it is capable of and Martin O’Neill can enjoy his Saturday night, now that he has sent his personal message to M Salut.
It was a great performance from start to finish. We got started early and put them under pressure.
I think the players have had a lift with Alfred [N’Diaye] coming to the football club and they had a renewed energy.
I thought it was a terrific effort.
Seb’s was a magnificent strike and it was very important for us because we were dominating proceedings at that stage and just looking for the breakthrough and when it came it came in great fashion.
He lifted the game at that point and had a fantastic 15 minutes after that.
Our second goal was very important, we were 1-0 up at the break and I thought we should have had more. West Ham were looking dangerous.
[Adam] Johnson’s goal came at an important time and then the third one killed it off.
Four league wins out of seven is very good for us, we’ve a long way to go but there’s plenty to digest and enjoy after that result.
The team are buoyant and now we look to the game with Bolton, it’s a great chance for us to progress in the FA Cup and we’ll take it head on.
All the best,