Danny Simpson with Leon Best and Cheik Tiote

It was my 24th birthday on Tuesday and I couldn't have asked for a better present than the 5-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night. Well maybe I could - a goal would have been nice, but that doesn't happen very often so I was happy enough!

It was a great result. Before the game you'd have said it was something of a six-pointer, particularly as they're in the mix at the bottom, and we were at home so were probably expected to win. But it hasn't always worked out like that this season and I'm sure everybody would have taken a scrappy 1-0 win, so to get the three points in such style was brilliant.

We proved again that we're a good team and on our day, when we stick to our gameplan, we can do that to any team.

I was particularly delighted for Leon Best, whose a very close friend of mine and lives around the corner from me, when he scored his hat-trick. He signed at around the same time that I joined Newcastle full-time and we spend a lot of time together.

He's had a few injuries in his time here, and hasn't had as many games as he'd have liked, so I was so happy for him that he took his chance so well and got three goals.

And it was a special double for me, because West Ham was the team I made my comeback against earlier in the season. When we played them at their place, they went 1-0 up before we came from behind, but this time we went at them from the off and got our rewards. It was great to see us get the goals that we deserved for such a good performance.

Alan Pardew has had five games now and won three, which is pretty good in anyone's book. He's been top class since he came in. He's a very fair man and he's got a lot of time for everyone. He's brought with him some new ideas and that's good for me, because I'm still learning. He's spent a bit of time with all of the back four getting his message across, and although it's bound to take time, everyone is listening and taking what he says on board, and that is showing on the pitch.

Off the pitch, I've been getting addicted to Twitter recently! It's good to talk to the fans and interact with them. I live on my own so when I'm in the house I like to chat to the fans now and again!

I signed up for it because Rio Ferdinand had it and seemed to enjoy it. He spends a lot of time on it and seems to get a lot of enjoyment from it. Wayne Routledge uses it too, and he told me to get involved. It's good for the fans to be able to see what we're up to - although we do have to be careful what we put on sometimes! You can follow me at http://twitter.com/dannysimpson12.