A vital win at home to West Ham was crucial for a return to form that was much needed after the disappointment faced last weekend.
This is not to say that the win was the most convincing of the season, but nevertheless was a fantastic team performance, tactically and physically.
To say the game unravelled in cold circumstances would be a huge understatement and it has to be said, the players, fans and backroom staff handled the terrible weather conditions superbly.
Plaudits have to go to a tenacious pair of footballers that give 100 per cent every week, tackle hard and battle for every ball with a never give up attitude.
Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley have been underrated in recent weeks, yet on Sunday showed their true skill, frustrating the West Ham players and working from the back to allow the forward players to move forward and create attacks.
It was a brave decision for Bruce to start with the three forwards of Bent, Gyan and Welbeck, yet it paid off in a first half where we dominated and really should have put the game beyond a struggling Hammers outfit.
Jordan Henderson’s goal was a great piece of play from the team, and although we never grabbed the elusive second, West Ham never really looked like scoring, with Craig Gordon rarely troubled.
Nevertheless, this was a hard fought win that could have really gone either way and the three points will allow Bruce to go into the winter period confident of a decent Premier League placing.
With winnable games in the near future, hopefully we can build on this magnificent run of form and avoid a winless run that hampered our success last season.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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