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Thursday 12 September Updated Thursday 19 February

Collins convinced goals will come

West Ham United defender James Collins has backed his side to overcome the blow of Andy Carroll's injury setback by showing they have goalscorers right throughout the side.

The Hammers drafted in former Borussia Dortmund and Fulham striker Mladen Petric this week to bolster their forward options.

Collins believes the Croatia international is a good addition and will help with their ambitions of putting the ball in the net on a more regular basis.

"Mladen coming in gives us options," he said. "Andy isn't quite ready at the minute, Maiga's been asked to play a lot of games so it's good to have the option.

"Hopefully he can come in and score some goals.

"There are loads of goals in our team. All the defenders will say we need to start scoring more as well to give them a helping hand. As I say, there are options and we do have goals in the team.

"You saw that with the midfield boys against Cardiff. Me, Winston and Tonks know we've got to score a few more, which we're working on, so I wouldn't be too worried."

Collins is also looking forward to going toe-to-toe with in-form Southampton striker Rickie Lambert when the Hammers return to Barclays Premier League action on Sunday, with the defender determined to put things right following the defeat to Stoke City last time out.

"It's the kind of battle I like, that's more my sort of game," he continued. "We've played against a few tricky ones already this year and done alright.

"So I'm looking forward to it, especially as he'll be full of confidence after his England call-ups and his goals.

"We know they're good at keeping the ball and knocking it about, so we'll have to stay on our toes and match their runners.

"But if we defend as we have done in the first three games, we can keep them to no goals and then go and nick one at the other end.

"We're determined to put Stoke behind us, we've had a good couple of weeks training and we can't wait to get back on the pitch to put things right."

Cardiff

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