Hammers defender James Collins was delighted to keep another clean sheet in Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.

Neither team could find a way through at the Boleyn Ground, but the point gained kept the Hammers in the top ten and Collins was happy with the defensive element of his side's play.


"It sort of had that end of season feel to it. In the second half we were a lot better than we were in the first half and we were unlucky not to get a goal," said Collins.

"But it's another clean sheet and a point at home."

Papiss Cisse could have handed the Geordies the lead as his shot beat Jussi Jaaskelainen but was hooked off the line by Hammers defender Winston Reid inside the opening 20 minutes of the first half. Despite the calls for a goal, Collins believes the assistant referee got it right.

"Sometimes they give them and sometimes they don't. It was certainly very close, I know that much. We're just happy that was the only real chance they had in the game. To get through that and not concede, we're delighted."

Collins agrees the incident will spark further talk of goal-line technology. "It's needed and I think everyone knows it's needed. It stops the maybes and maybe nots. The sooner the better for me."

With several obvious links to the Tyneside outfit throughout the team, Collins admitted it added somewhat of a bite to the tie.

"We spoke about it before the game. The gaffer was obviously desperate to beat them as well as Kevin [Nolan] and Andy [Carroll]. They're a tough, physical side like ourselves and we knew it was going to be a hard game and they certainly gave it to us."

Looking ahead to next weekend's trip to Everton, Collins believes the Club's recent run of form should give the boost required to ensure the team come home with all three points.

"Away from home, we've been a lot better than we were during the first half of the season. We're full of confidence at the moment because we've had some great results over the last six or seven weeks so if we keep playing the way we are I am sure we can get a good result."

But at the same time the Welshman appreciates the dangers David Moyes' side will pose on Sunday.

"They've got a few. Marouane Fellaini has been doing it for a few years, Leighton Baines at left back, Steven Pienaar. They're a side that's full of internationals and a great squad. It will be another tough game because they've had one of the best seasons they've had for a long time. If we keep playing the way have then I am confident we can get a decent result there.

"The home fans have been great but the away fans especially. We seem to be selling out everywhere we go at the minute. It would be great to put in a good performance and get a win for them."

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