Cautious optimism. That's what I was feeling in the 85th minute. We had scored five goals away from home the previous week, and had followed that up with an away win and a clean sheet. So what if our rivals were winning? We were too.
That's how I felt the last time we scored 4 goals at home. Or rather, how I felt before Spurs did their Lazarus impression and cranked up my hatred for them a few more notches which I didn't know had previously existed.
So hopefully, in scoring 4 again, this evening will prove to be the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. After all, tonight's game was a marker for something quite cyclical: the return of Eddie Silva. A year out and he returned with a brace.
The 'new' Eduardo song had become obsolete. The lyric "he broke his leg but he'll be back" was patently untrue. It wasn't that he will be back. Instead, he is back. Marvellous!
Medical experts said he would never walk again. Any of us who saw his bone sticking out of his sock worried for his career. Yet, 51 weeks later, he's back. The end of a cycle. We have a fresh, rejuvenated Croat ready to bang the goals in left, right, and centre in the season run-in. But he's so much more than horse-face was for United. He can score tap-ins and headers like the best finisher in the world. But he also shows immense creativity in order to tee up extra chances for the rest of our forward line.
He really is the complete forward and you have to remember who he was bought as a replacement for: Thierry. Could he be that good? Time will tell...
Hopefully by finally scoring 4 goals at home again we have finally proved a point, that we don't lack creativity and we do have the ability within our team to fashion chances and score goals. Frankly, it's about time too that we demonstrated this. But ultimately, whilst the league may be gone, two other trophies are very much to play for. And whilst Cardiff are lower-league opposition, if we keep on playing like that, we can beat anyone.
For once we played the swift, easy-on-the-eye, beautiful counter-attacking football for which we became famous. If we can keep that up, rather than simply passing sideways, there's hope yet.
Keep the faith,