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Monday 7 October Updated Wednesday 18 February

James' joy at derby success

James Tomkins could not hide his delight after West Ham United left White Hart Lane victorious for the first time in 14 years.

Not since 1999 had the Hammers returned to east London with all three points from their short trip across the capital but that all changed after a perfect away performance.

Winston Reid gave the visitors the lead when he prodded home from a couple of yards after 66 minutes before Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the lead and Ravel Morrison put the finishing touches on a great win with a marvellous individual goal.

The victory moves the Hammers out of the relegation zone to 13th position in the Barclays Premier League and Tomkins was delighted with the result.

He told West Ham TV: "Coming to White Hart Lane and getting the three points in the style we did was massive for us and it's not often you'll come here and win 3-0.

"The lads put a big shift in and we can all take credit for victory because you won't see many teams come here and win like we have. This win is great for all the staff, players and the fans who were excellent today."

Sam Allardyce had raised a few eyebrows before kick-off as he selected a team without any recognised strikers. Modibo Maiga and Mladen Petric were among the substitutes but they were not to be needed as Big Sam's tactics worked flawlessly.

Midfield duo Morrison and Mohamed Diame took it in turns to rove into forward positions as the Hammers pressured the home side and stifled their attacking threat.

Once in front, Big Sam's team never looked like losing and can be bursting with pride at the manner of their victory.

The result was a huge boost after defeat to Hull City last weekend and Tomkins believes the tactics played their part in the team's change of fortune.

He said: "All round we looked much better. We changed things around and obviously playing without a striker I think Spurs were a bit confused at times as to what was going on but the tactics paid off.

"Everyone was brilliant and we always felt as though we could go up the other end and nick a goal and we got three in the end."

Tomkins and his team-mates can now look forward to the visit of Manchester City when they resume Premier League action on 19 October at the Boleyn Ground.

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