Carrick's Joy

Michael Carrick is delighted that fellow Geordie Don Hutchison managed to score on his home debut.

The pair flourished in the centre of midfield against their home town club, and the early signs are that they will provide a formidable partnership together.

"It was nice for Don to score, especially on his home debut, and hopefully that is a little omen for the rest of the season," says Michael.

"It takes a bit of time for the couple of new signings to bed in and you can see they are fully settled; we are looking alright now."

He is delighted, too, that the team could perform so well in front of the cameras, and says:

"Being on the telly shows everyone we are not as bad as the league table maybe shows.

"It has been there and we have been saying that, but it is just bringing out the potential.
"It was just nice to get three points on the board, especially at home.

"It was good to be back at Upton Park and pleasing to get a win there.

"That's what we live for, the games, and when you perform well like that it gives everyone a lift.

"We haven't really played badly to be honest but the results haven't shown that.

"It is easy to look at the league table and say 'they are going to struggle' but we have shown we are not a bad team and have the potential to shoot up the league.

"We kept a clean sheet and scored three, which we probably didn't expect - you can't ask for any more.

"Everything clicked on the day, and there is a bit of understanding from Fredi and Paolo, who were back."

But he says it is now important to build up a head of steam to get up the table, and he adds:

"Now we have got to take it on; it is no good winning that and not winning next week."

And his thoughts on Bobby Robson's claim that Christian Dailly brought down Robbie Elliott early in the game?

After much head scratching, he admits:

"I can't even remember it, sorry."