James Collins wants to help West Ham United get in the festive mood by achieving a positive result against Everton on Saturday.

The Wales international defender admitted that the Toffees will be no pushovers. However, Collins believes the Hammers will take the solid defensive display they put on at West Bromwich Albion last weekend into this weekend's Barclays Premier League fixture.

Everton have lost just two of their 17 league matches and are on a five-match unbeaten run, but have drawn four of those games. Meanwhile, West Ham have lost just two of their nine home league matches and just three of 22 home league fixtures in 2012.

"Everton are well organised and have had a good season so far," said the No19. "Over the years they have been a team that has started off slowly and then got better as the season has gone on, but this year they have started off well, made some good signings in the summer and had their players ticking from the kick-off.

One positive for West Ham and Collins in particular is the absence of the suspended Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, who starts a three-match ban on Saturday. However, the centre-back said the Hammers will not be able to relax, even if Everton's biggest threat will not be on the pitch.

"Fellaini is a handful so it is good he is not playing, but I am sure they will have someone who is just as much of a handful as he is to take his place against us. So, we will have to be on our toes.

"We are expecting a tough game, but if we can defend like we know we can and certainly how we did last Sunday and get something at the other end, then hopefully we can get three points. That is the aim."

Collins is in fine form and enjoying being part of a West Ham defence that has kept six clean sheets in the league and conceded just 20 goals in 17 matches. The big Welshman is also relishing playing alongside both Winston Reid and James Tomkins.

"I have played with some of the best centre halves over the years. In my first season here I partnered Danny Gabbidon whom I had also played with at Cardiff. Then I went to Aston Villa and played alongside Richard Dunne. Since returning here, I have played mostly with Winston and there is also Tonks [James Tomkins] and I have to put them in the same bracket.

"I think Winston has been great. I watched a lot of the games in the Championship last season and Reidy and Tonks were superb together. Fortunately for me, I have come in and been able to get into the team. I don't think Winston has had a bad game, really. He's solid and really consistent and it is quite easy to play alongside him.

"He is a strong and commanding character and has presence on the pitch makes my job easier. Partnerships can take time but he has international experience as well, which helps. He is still young even though the way he plays makes him seem older. I knew a lot of the boys when I returned from before, but not Winston. Since I have arrived, he has been great with me on and off the pitch, so all credit to him. If he can carry on the way he is playing, he will have a terrific season and that can only be good for West Ham."

Although the Boxing Day fixture away to Arsenal has been postponed, there is still a busy match schedule coming up. Following the visit of Everton is a trip to Reading on 29 December and the New Year's Day home match with Norwich City.

One player who could play his part in those games is Jack Collison, who has recently returned to action following a long-term knee problem. Collins said his compatriot's presence would boost the Hammers over the festive period.

"Hopefully we will have the injured lads back sooner than later. It has been frustrating for Jack. A lot of people won't know the extent of the work he has been doing around the place to get back playing, so it is massive news to see him back and he is such a terrific lad on and off the field. It is vital for us if we can keep him fit."

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