Jón Daði Böðvarsson followed in the footsteps of Matej Vydra, Orlando Sa, Adam Le Fondre and Kevin Doyle to notch a hat-trick for the club in our Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay against Stevenage on Tuesday night...and the manager was happy to praise the Icelander's impact in the midweek win.
"Jón is the type of player who always works very hard," he said after the match. "He is making progress in what we expect from him and he’s very eager to show himself.
"Tuesday night was his opportunity to show himself and he did it very well – not only did he score three goals, but he worked tirelessly to put pressure on the opposition when they were in possession, and showed quality when on the ball himself.
"And, importantly, he was in the right place at the right time to score those three goals. That’s what we were looking for, so I need to pay him a big compliment.
"Jón always wants to play. He would have had the opportunity when we played Stevenage at their place, but he was ill and couldn’t be inviolved. So he had to wait for his next chance and it came on Tuesday night.
"Jón is a very positive guy, willing to work very hard for the team – not only on the ball but also in his pressing and the energy he brings to the game. If you’re not always starting, that’s how you need to approach the game when you get the chance to come off the bench or start.
"And he scored three goals, so of course he made a very good impression. We still need to make a decision about who we start with on Saturday – that’s nornmal of course.
"But if you are looking for goals and somebody does well, he can earn his opportunity. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, that he'll start on Saturday, but the workrate he gives to the game is always good and, as I say, he scored three goals!"
The second of that treble in midweek especially caught the eye - a powerful well-directed header from distance that gave Stevenage stopper Tom King no hope of saving.
"It was a good cross from Chris Gunter and Jon came from a long way out. Sometimes you need to give everythying to get to that ball in front of goal and charge onto that ball – and just hope that the ball in is good and that you can get on the end of it.
"He practically dived in there and got a good powerful connection on the cross and it went in off the inside of the post. That’s exactly what you need to do – you don’t always have the time to see where that cross into the box is ending up and then make the decision about what you’re going to do.
"Sometimes you just need to sprint into the box and hope that the ball is delivered with the right pace and quality. And that’s what happened."
And Stam had a final word for another hat-trick on Tuesday night - Chris Gunter provided assists for all three goals in midweek, on the night that he wore the captain's armband and celebrated his 250th appearance for the club.
"We know what Chris can do. He is the type of player who is always ready, bringing a lot of energy to every game – and if the opportunity is there, he wants to go forward and take initiative.
"The strikers always get more attention than the defenders! That’s how it is. But he provided a few great assists on Tuesday night."