Earlier this week Gus Poyet, in his post-Man Utd e-mail, identified the arrival of Adam Johnson, our purchase from Manchester’s stronger club, as the match-changing moment of a heartening cup victory. That was just a harbinger of an even better performance from the man of the moment.
It’s difficult to compare this to other games. There’s been the Newcastle win, the Man City win, the Everton win and the Cup victories, but it is a very satisfying result.
It leaves a very good feeling and we’ve done it at the right time, we’ve been waiting awhile for a result like this – and what a way to do it, away from home, against a rival who is close to us in the table.
Three goals from Adam Johnson, you cannot get much better, you know how expensive goals are! A player like Adam needs to be played in the right way and we’ve been trying to make sure the team play in a way that suits him to make the difference. The last two or three weeks I think he’s been outstanding and if he can maintain this level and consistency he’s going to be a great help. Everything he did today went right, and the team for that matter, our decision making was much better. He is the type of player who can make a difference and I’m looking forward to watching him over the next couple of weeks.
This team is now much stronger mentally; when I look back to my first game in charge at Swansea I can see that.
After we conceded today we went looking to score more and we did, we were good on the break and we finished well; it was a very good performance. I think this win could be the key game that sees the season change. We won today in a very good way, against a team lower in the league, something we have had trouble with this season.
We need to stay calm and maintain this consistency.
All the best,
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