"He's in good form and in good confidence. We have not seen the best of him yet.
"We took our foot off the gas a little bit but to come away with a victory is a good win for us.
"It was damage limitation for them in the end and could have done better but we take that. It was important to come away with a win as the league is so tight. We had to get something from the game.
"Expectations are going to rise but we are going to have to deal with it."
Alan Pardew thought it tough on his side to lose two men. Predictably he was unhappy with the rerefeeing.
"It was two tough decisions by the referee and then game was over then. All we had left was character. When it as 11 v 11 we were the better side.
"But the breaks didn't go our way and fortune didn't favour us. The referee's decisions were tough on us. We tried to keep our head as we could have lost more players. We were frustrated by the events that went on.
"I thought we had a bit of cover with Semedo's sending-off and it was tough on him. He was distraught.
"I didn't think Hudson should not have gone either. It was a harsh booking and then Jay Bothroyd did us no favours as he hardly touched him.
"The referee had no hesitation in sending him off. He booked people for innocuous challenges all day but you could say he was consistently bad. I will have a chat with the referee."