Andy Carroll, is fit, in form and happy with life.
After weeks on the sidelines the big man turned in a great performance on Monday night and drew strength from the determined attitude among the squad after three horrible results.
He said: “It’s nice to be back and put on the kit. I felt good being back around the lads all week preparing for the game.
“Even though we had the international break we’ve been knocking our heads together all week, wanting to do well. The lads are strong together, everyone’s been talking, basically telling each other to pull their finger out and that’s exactly what we did on Monday.
“Everyone in the team gave their all and got the win. Everyone’s together in that dressing room and everyone will be together until the end.”
“We had three away games, which was obviously no excuse for the performances we gave, but we bounced back on Monday with a great win and a great performance.
“We could probably have had a few goals in the first half, they got a block on my header and on Ginge’s header, Cheik had a good chance.