West Ham United defender James Tomkins refused to be downcast after Saturday's defeat by Manchester City.

The Hammers were beaten 3-1 by Manuel Pellegrini's men as they went down to a third home loss in a row, but the centre-back said the performance pointed to brighter results ahead.

West Ham travel to Swansea City next with a point to prove, having suffered an early-season defeat there last season, and Tomkins is keen to play his part.

James, Saturday was a tough game against a good side, wasn't it?

JT: "It was. They've got quality throughout their side and going 2-0 down made it tough. It's not a case of doom and gloom, though, and we're looking forward to trying to get back on track at Swansea.

At 2-1, it looked like you might get back in the game?

JT: "Exactly. We got the goal, the crowd got behind us but there was the risk that as we were pushing for the second goal we might leave ourselves open at the back. That's what happened and they punished us. But it could have been a different scoreline and we were disappointed to lose."

Was it difficult against the movement of the Manchester City strikers - they're so quick to get into that space, aren't they?

JT: "They've got clever players with good movement and that's why they cost the money that they do. From our point of view we'll look at it and it's a good learning curve to play against a team like that, and we'll take from it what we can."

We certainly weren't outclassed by them on Saturday...

JT: "There were periods of the game in which we were very much on top. We started a bit slowly, but had a good period in the second half and there were some good points to take. We didn't get completely outplayed and maybe 3-1 flattered them a little bit. There's nothing to get down about."

On a personal note, you must be delighted to be back starting for West Ham?

JT: "Of course. It can be frustrating at times when you're sitting on the bench, but I'm growing in confidence with this run of games that I'm getting. I love playing for West Ham and hopefully I can help us bounce back at Swansea."

The manager said that you played so well against Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup, that he had to keep you in the team for the league games, and that win at Tottenham was magnificent for West Ham...

JT: "It was a while back now when you think about it, but that will obviously stay in the memory for a while. We wanted to build on that against Manchester City. That wasn't to be, but there's always Swansea on Sunday."

It didn't go so well for us there last season in our first away game, when we lost 3-0, but do you feel there are possibilities there to get something this time around?

JT: "Definitely. We proved against Spurs that we're always confident going into any game and that we can get a result anywhere. The Premier League is a funny league this season. There have been a lot of unexpected scores and on our day we can beat anybody. Swansea are good technically, but if we can play how we can, then we can get a result."

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