Thumbs up to Alan Pardew. His post match comments regarding how the Media frenzy at the Boleyn in the past week affected the players were spot on. Aston Villa in September 2006 were always going to be a totally different prospect to the divided and inept side that visited East London nigh on a year to the day. Martin O’Neill has installed a visible belief in his side, and tactically they were far superior to West Ham in yesterday’s encounter. All three points were what I would have preferred from the game, but in hindsight just one certainly is welcome.