OK, so the result apparently flattered us a little, and Southampton were very poor, but who cares? This was another three crucial points, and the boost to our goal difference is very welcome too. Fourteen points banked already, and we are still in October! And level on points with fourth place Everton also makes for happy reading - although, sensibly, all West Ham fans should pray for an Everton victory over QPR!
We should not get carried away just yet, however. The fixtures have been kind to us so far and, in truth, we are 4 points behind par at the moment after the defeats against Swansea and Arsenal and the home draw against a very average Sunderland team. But even the Manchester clubs drop points when they are expected to win or draw, so to complain about our return thus far would be churlish in the extreme.
Bigger challenges lay ahead, but 14 points from 8 games is an excellent return, irrespective of the teams played. At this rate, Southampton will struggle to reach 14 by Christmas. And now Adkins has questions to answer after the perverse decision to start Rodrigues ahead of Lambert. In the summer I said the former Burnley man was an absurd £7.5m gamble and so it is proving.