Bobby Zamora might have made the headlines with that stunning winner against Shakhtar, but just as important was the continued return of Simon Davies. The Welsh midfielder turned in an efficient performance and got through another game as he comes back from a frustrating period on the sidelines.
The former Tottenham winger was happy to emerge from the Europa League contest with a win.
It was a good win, it was a very difficult game and they’re a top side who worked us really well. We kept our shape well and defended well as a team. It was a good win overall and it gives us a chance out there.
These are the sort of nights you think about when you’re out injured. I’ve been lucky with injury since I’ve been here, for three years I’d only missed one game through injury. So it’s just one of those things you try not to get too down about. We qualified for this competition this year and I missed quite a bit of the group games, it is frustrating but hopefully I’m back for the main part of the season – and it’s an exciting run-in we’ve got.
In my first two seasons we just avoided relegation and ever since the Manager’s come in he’s changed the Club around. We’re in the last 32 of the Europa League, beating teams like Shakhtar Donetsk who are a top quality side.
I wouldn’t say we’re overachieving. If you look at the way we work for each other as a team, the Manager is a great believer in that. If you’re going to play for him you’ve got to put a shift in first and foremost, work to a system and be tight defensively. The Shakhtar game epitomised that, when games are like that you’ve got to do your work, dig in and hopefully with strikers like Bob and Zoltan, we’re going to get the goals when we get the chances.