James Collins says there is more than enough quality in the West Ham United squad to start turning strong performances into results.

The Hammers have performed to a decent level in their most-recent two Barclays Premier League fixtures, only to suffer a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa and go down 3-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.

Collins, who returned to the starting XI against Spurs after six weeks out with a hamstring injury, said he and his team-mates were disappointed not to have picked up points against Spurs. Now, the Welshman wants to turn encouraging displays into points, starting at Stoke City on Saturday.


"We were talking afterwards and I think we felt we could perhaps have done better with Tottenham's first goal but overall we were very happy with how we played and how we created chances against what is a top-three side and a team very much on form," said the centre-back.

"It was a tough game and a London derby. We had other chances that, if they had gone in, would have made it 3-1 and then you are looking at a different game.

"It is gutting when you are only minutes away from getting something, but we were strong on Monday night and that gives us plenty of confidence and belief going to Stoke on Saturday."

Collins' Wales international team-mate Gareth Bale took the headlines on Monday, scoring Spurs' first and third goals - the latter an unstoppable 90th-minute rocket into the top corner that won the game for his side. Having trained and played with the 23-year-old for his country, the defender was not surprised to see the Tottenham No11 shine at the Boleyn Ground.

"His goal is one where you just have to hold your hands up, there was nothing we could have done I don't think. He is on fire at the moment, scoring and creating goals, and has not got a weakness at all."

The centre-back will come up against another familiar left-footer this weekend, when West Ham travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke, who could include former Hammer Matthew Etherington.

"We are looking up and onwards. There are more tough matches coming up, but we have a great squad and great team spirit. We have to go to Stoke and give it a good go, and I feel we have more than enough in the team to do that.

"The way we started the season showed what we are capable of. We are training hard, we want to win every game and that is no different against Stoke, who we know will be tough on their own ground, but I strongly believe if we keep playing the way we are playing, the results will come."

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