Randolph relishing Stoke showdown

West Ham's No1 reflects on the Boleyn send off and looks ahead to Stoke on Sunday
Hello everybody,

I want to start by thanking everyone for the happy birthday wishes for yesterday, I had a great day, made extra special by all your messages.

All in all it’s been a rather special week, hasn’t it? Tuesday night was one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve played in, probably the best alongside the Ireland games with Germany and Bosnia.

As a goalkeeper, I was obviously closest to the fans, and the noise was just incredible. We knew it would be loud given the last game, but it topped anything we expected by a long way!

It was a very special night for everyone and a proud moment, one that I can look back on and say that I played a part in.

Now we look ahead to Stoke and hopefully we can add the cherry on top of this season’s extra special cake by qualifying for Europe.

They will be a very difficult team to play, they always are, especially at their place. We won’t underestimate them, final game of the season or not. We know what’s at stake so we want to go there and get a win.

We’ve spoken a little bit about Europe, of course we have, but we’re not getting carried away.

Whatever happens on Sunday, we’ve had a great season. We’ve had some amazing games, both home and away, a good cup run and the send-off to the Boleyn Ground, so it’s been a huge season for us and one where everyone has contributed.

This season has made me realise how much I took the Premier League for granted first time round when I was at Charlton. I was 16, 17 and I thought I’d be in the Premier League for ever.

Obviously it didn’t quite work out like that, but I’m delighted to be here and play a part. I love coming into training and being around my teammates.

Roll on Sunday!