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Wednesday 28 August Updated Thursday 19 February

Tomkins pleased with cup progress

Skipper for the night James Tomkins was pleased to guide his team through to the third round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town on Tuesday.

The League Two visitors provided stubborn opposition for the Hammers, but superb strikes from Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison proved decisive in West Ham's favour.

Tomkins had an excellent view of Vaz Te's 42nd minute opener - the centre back was also standing over the free kick - and after watching it fly into the top left hand corner of away keeper Scott Brown's net, he admitted he was pleased to concede taking duties to his teammate.

He smiled: "I was having a think about taking the free-kick myself, so it was lucky I left it to Vaz as I don't think I would have done any better with it!

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"Rav's goal was a good individual one too, and it was important for us to get that second goal.

"Overall, we're pleased to get through. It's all about the result and once we got the first goal it seemed to settle us down.

"The second gave us that extra cushion, but it was important to score before half time because they were putting us under a bit of pressure - the goalkeeper was kicking it on to our 18-yard box - and that can cause problems.

"To be fair to Cheltenham they did start really well, but we did look the better team once we got the goal."

The Hammers now await the third round draw as they look to better last year's run in the competition - which saw them be eliminated at that stage by Wigan Athletic - and Tomkins, who was making his first start of the season, believes further progress can only be of benefit to his team.

He continued: "It's nice to have a cup run as well as doing well in the league. Hopefully we can get another good home draw now and see where it takes us.

"Obviously it's one game at a time and there are a lot of good teams in the competition.

"Personally I felt okay on Tuesday. I played a lot in pre-season so it was nice to play 90 minutes again, and being captain was nice as well."

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