Wembley Man of the Match James Tomkins could not contain his delight after helping his beloved West Ham United gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

The No5 capped a memorable season by producing an imperious performance in the 2-1 npower Championship Play-Off final win over Blackpool.

Afterwards, Tomkins told West Ham TV of his delight at helping the club he has represented since the age of eight and how he is looking forward to representing the Hammers in the top-flight again next season.

"It doesn't get much better than that!" said the No5 before being attacked by Mark Noble armed with a pile of streamers.

"Our aim was to get automatic promotion at the start of the season but to do it at Wembley is something special. Credit to all the fans who've been brilliant all year. Their turnout at Wembley was unbelievable.

"Credit to all the players, who've also been unbelievable, and the staff as well. There are so many people to thank, really."

Tomkins hailed the team spirit shown by the Hammers in keeping things together following Tom Ince's 48th-minute equaliser and a subsequent spell of prolonged pressure from the Tangerines.

"They created the better chances, to be honest, and we've got to consider ourselves lucky at times that they didn't put those chances away.

"It was obviously meant to be our day and I'm just loving it. We're back where we belong now.

"Blackpool gave us a good game, created some good chances and got us running around at times, but it's the result and these fans deserve it. I'm just so happy!"

For Tomkins, the day was made even more special by the fact he won promotion playing alongside so many of his close friends, including fellow Academy graduates Mark Noble and Jack Collison and captain Kevin Nolan.

Just hours after the final whistle, the defender joined Noble on his stag do, as the midfielder is getting married at the end of the month.

"I'm just going to enjoy it for a few weeks now! We're back where we belong now and we've got something to look forward to, going back into the Premier League.

"I can enjoy it, not just with the lads you mentioned, but with all of them because we're quite a tight group and have a good team spirit."

Tomkins has also forged a close relationship on the pitch with fellow young centre-back Winston Reid. The pair, aged 22 and 23 respectively, proved at Wembley that you don't need experience to perform on the biggest stage.

"Of course you don't need experience," he smiled. "We were playing against Kevin Phillips, who is so experienced, but I think I've enjoyed playing with Reidy and the rest of the back four this season.

"That's why I signed a new [five year] contract. My aim was to get promoted straight back up and I'm the happiest man in the world!"

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