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2013-08-31T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:06:34

Collins wants more of the same

More of the same would do just fine for West Ham United defender James Collins when they take on Stoke City at the Boleyn Ground

The Hammers are yet to concede a goal in the Barclays Premier League this year, with Collins and his fellow defenders in imperious form.

So tight has been their play that Cardiff and Newcastle have only managed one shot on target between them against Sam Allardyce's men, and Collins wants that solidity to continue.

He told West Ham TV: "We are delighted with the defensive record so far. We build every performance on a clean sheet and we've had two from two.

"It's not just the back five, the whole team has been putting a great shift in and that has shown in the clean sheets.

"We've only had one shot on target against us so far and that's down to the boys in front of us. We're not having to do too much defending at the minute, which is nice, and it's something we want to keep up. We want to keep as many clean sheets as we can, we had eleven last year and we want to beat that.

"We are happy with four points from the first two games, but on the other hand we're a little disappointed because with the chances we created up at Newcastle, we felt like we could have come away with a win.

"But if somebody had given us four points from the two games we'd have taken it."

Collins is relishing the prospect of a physical encounter with the Potters, who have won one and lost one of their two fixtures to date.

He added: "It always is a physical test against Stoke. They have changed their manager but they have got some big boys in their team.

"We're good at that side of the game as well, so if we can get the ball down and play and move their back four I'm sure we can get another three points.

"At home, though, we can give anyone a game, and with the confidence we've taken from the first two games we're not worrying too much about them, we're just concentrating on what we've got to do."

Stoke

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