The sense of occasion and a heavy dose of euphoria might have something to do with that, but it is an encouraging sign both for the Norwegian hitman and the manager.
“For me it went quite well,” said Steffen. “I played a reserve game in the week and I felt very tired after that game. After this game I felt that I had something still to give so that’s a good sign for me, especially after a result like that, it’s probably helped me along with the fitness.
“It was a special game, the first half went well, I think we had full control and should have been one up. We came strong in the second half and scored two goals and after that it was mostly defending as they gave everything after we scored again.
“We had a very good game, everybody gave everything and let’s hope we can do the same thing against Arsenal. We have a good chance of reaching the final.”
Steffen lined up at Upton Park in an unfamiliar right wingback position, but has no intention of challenging Stephen Carr for the role in the long term.
“No I wouldn’t like to make it my own, but I don’t mind playing it, I’m used to playing there. I play there for Norway quite a lot so I am used to it. You have to be a bit more defending when there is only three at the back though.”
Steffen could not resist a looking ahead to the big day out against Arsenal, but is well aware that it must be put to the back of minds and attention must be directed towards Premiership affairs between now and April 8.
“It’s going to be a big, big game, and if we can play the same way — maybe defend a bit better — we have a great chance of winning. In the last few years we have had some good results against Arsenal.
“You have to forget about it, we’ve still got the league and Coventry coming up so we have to focus everything on that.”
By Richard Hubbard
Steffen Iversen played his first 90 minutes for the first team since the end of September and claimed that there was still some juice left in the tank after the nailing of the Hammers.