And the South Korean star had his own way of describing what was seen as a ‘must-win’ game against CSKA in the Champions League after losing our opening match of Group E against Monaco at Wembley.
“It's not easy with the travel, the cold, the time difference and I want to say that these points are gold points,” he said. “We wanted three points and we are very happy to be on the way to making it easier (to qualify) than when we came here.”
Below: Sonny moments after scoring against CSKA
Sonny fired home in the 71st minute of a match we dominated, carving out another 22 attempts at goal (to CSKA’s eight) with the win lifting us over Bayer Leverkusen into second place in the group behind Monaco. The French and German teams drew 1-1 in Monaco.
It was his fifth goal this season and fifth in his last three away games having scored twice at Stoke and then Middlesbrough on Saturday.
“Every day and every game, every weekend, I want to be focused to play, I want to be ready, I want to help my team-mates,” he said.
“It's not easy. We travelled to Russia, everyone was tired after Saturday's game - it’s not easy but I'm very thankful to my team-mates and the fans that have come here to Russia.”
Next up in the Champions League is a trip to Bayer Leverkusen, Sonny’s former club, for MD3 on October 18.
“I’m very excited to play there again, we will play for three points of course and I will enjoy the game I think,” he added. “I try every game to score, I try to give my best every game and I will try to score against them - we’ll see how we play.”