David Unsworth was a contented man at the final whistle of the final game of his six-week stint as caretaker manager of Everton as he reflected on a 4-0 win over West Ham.
Wayne Rooney scored the first hat-trick of his Blues career, capping the achievement with a stunning third goal scored from inside his own half as the team rallied behind their departing stand-in manager and inflicted a heavy defeat on David Moyes's beleaguered Hammers.
It was a result that lifted Everton to 13th in the Premier League after the second win of Unsworth's short tenure and he now makes way for Sam Allardyce who was watching on from the Directors' box ahead of the expected confirmation of his appointment tomorrow.
“Tonight's a great night,” Unsworth said in the tunnel after the game. “Not just for me but for the football club and all the players. They deserve that tonight; it was a great performance.
“We got [the bottle we asked for] everywhere on the pitch. Every player was committed. That commitment and desire was there for all to see.
“[It was a] great hat-trick,” the 44-year-old continued. “Great display from Wayne. He was captain as well but he was captain for a reason, going into a tough environment after a tough spell.
“I'm just delighted for the club. I took over when we were in the bottom three and we've managed to get out of that over the period of six weeks so I'm satisfied.
“But we expect more and this group pf players have shown a glimpse that when they are confident they can keep clean sheets and score goals here at Goodison.
“Goodison must be a fortress now for the rest of the season if we're to get out of the bottom half of the table.”