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Quick Kicks: Focusing on some positives - except for Borini of course, who showed himself up

In today's Quick Kicks: Fabio Borini proving once again that he's self-centred; and looking at some positive performances - does it give us a smidgen of hope that the Championship might not be a struggle for us after all?

Sunderland v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

The Fabio Borini show

I'm one of David Moyes' biggest detractors but quite what point Fabio Borini was trying to make when he ran half the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the manager who has rightly criticised his performances this week is beyond me.

If he had shown even just half of the aggression that he did in his celebration this season he'd have been an asset to our side, but unfortunately for much of this campaign he's been moody, stroppy and appears to be a man that sees this football club as beneath him.

Was it heat of the moment? I doubt it. He did the exact same thing last season when he scored the leveler from the bench against Crystal Palace, jumping around like a fool in front of Sam Allardyce.

I imagine that Borini will be one of the first players out of the door when the summer transfer window opens, and personally I'll be glad to see the back of him.

This is a man who cares about only one thing, and that is himself.

Now, onto the praise...

It feels like a while since I have been able to do this, but there are a handful of Sunderland players that I think deserve a mention due to their showings against West Ham.

Darron Gibson started slowly but grew into the game and gave us a glimpse of how effective he can be when playing in a team that are expected to dictate possession. When we go down, most games we'll be expected to control the tempo of the match and I think that players like Gibson will come in handy when we drop down to the Championship - providing he can stay fit, of course.

Victor Anichebe was virtually playing left back at times but he got around the pitch well and was involved in both of our goals, putting Darren Randolph under pressure whenever he could. It was a much improved showing to the one he gave against Manchester United, although it would be fair to assume that Anichebe still isn't quite as fit as you would like him to be and his performances may well suffer as a result.

And finally, John O'Shea. After what has been an absolutely awful couple of weeks for him personally following the death of his father, he returned to the side today and gave an assured performance against one of the most powerful attackers in the division.

It wasn't all doom and gloom this time around, I suppose.

Khazri is the man

Wahbi Khazri's performance playing on the right-hand side was excellent, showing exactly why it has been utter lunacy by David Moyes to ignore him for much of the last six months.

Khazri's display was lapped up by the home fans and it was fantastic to watch. He was eager to impress, chased down every lost cause and gave the supporters a showing that we have craved now for a number of months - at the end of the day, we turn up to be entertained and it was nice to see Wahbi grab his opportunity to start the game with both hands.

It was a refreshing change from what we have witnessed for much of this season - finally a Sunderland player was playing on the front foot and trying to be proactive with the ball. It was a far cry from the laborious, dour type of showing that we've seen from the rest of our midfielders throughout this campaign.

I'd like to think that Khazri has now made himself undroppable for the Middlesbrough game, but nothing would surprise me at this stage.

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