WEDNESDAY night's Carling Cup clash against West Ham certainly developed into an old-fashioned cup-tie.
Early on we so much possession, West Ham backed off us and we failed to penetrate them. The first 35 mninutes were ours albeit that the clearest chance from Rob Lee came back off the post to Kasey Keller.
I can't fault our lads for their determination, drive and in the end, coming to the end of the 120 minutes, we were passing the ball well.
With respect, I think our changes altered the shape of the game. Mbulelo Mabizela and Jon Blondel were important for us, Ledley King went into a deep-lying midfielder and Robbie Keane did well as the head of the diamond in midfield.
Paul Konchesky had to go to full-back because of Christian Ziege's injury but I felt the substitutes helped us. I thought that gave West Ham problems. I was pleased with the two boys.
Robbie is a very fit boy and when you drift into midfield areas there isn't someone on him all the time, as often happens when the ball is normally played up to him.
Balls were played to him but we didn't quite get the rub of the green, I remember a pass from Stephane Dalmat in the first half. We were purposeful in the end.
Obviously I was delighted for Bobby Zamora to score his first goal. He is a nice lad, he needed a goal and now he has got it - it was a very important one too.