Jermain Defoe’s fine strike handed us a deserved lead just before half-time, Gareth Bale made it 2-0 on 58 minutes and JD tapped home the third six minutes later to put us out of sight against the Hammers on Sunday.
It stayed that way until Andy Carroll headed home a consolation for the visitors – the only blemish on an otherwise excellent day at the office.
“It was a massive game for us, another London derby off the back of three straight league defeats and we wanted to prove a point,” said Steven.
“We’re a great side, we’d had a dip in form and we’re delighted to be back on track.
“The games are coming thick and fast, Liverpool next and then Fulham. Liverpool is another huge match for us.”
Steven admitted he and central defensive partner Michael Dawson were disappointed to concede Carroll’s late header. “We said that to each other straight away!” he added. “As a defender you always want a clean sheet but fair play to Carroll, it was a good finish.”
Our defensive unit will now swap the aerial threat of Carroll and Kevin Nolan for Liverpool's in-form Luis Suarez – currently top of the goalscoring chart in the Premier League.
“That’s the Premier League,” he smiled. “I played against both Carroll and Suarez together last season (a 1-0 win for Swansea against Liverpool) so I’m used to it. I’m sure it will be another great game.”