”It’s a massive three points for us,” Collison told West Ham TV. “It’s a clean sheet and it pushes us back up the table so we can look forward rather than behind us again.
“The boys at the back were magnificent on Saturday. Jussi dealt with everything very well and that gives confidence to the players in front of him to dig in and work hard, because we knew that if we got a chance we’d take it.
“Thankfully we did today, it’s a great win, a big three points and lots of positives to take.
“Obviously we know what Stoke are like, the manager’s prepped us on it all week. We had a game plan, we dug in, and kept a clean sheet, which was the main thing because we wanted to come away with something. Thankfully we came away with the three points.”
“It was nice to get on the pitch. Any minutes I get at the moment I’m just enjoying, and trying to do my best to stake a claim in the starting XI.
“Hopefully today helped my cause a little bit and put me in the manager’s thoughts for the upcoming games between now and the end of the season.”