The last time West Ham United were visitors at Burnley's Turf Moor, it was centre-half James Tomkins who had the final say.

Tomkins rifled home the equaliser with 20 minutes to play, as Sam Allardyce's side recovered from a two-goal deficit to rescue a Championship point in March 2012. 

Fast forward 18 months and the stylish defender has designs on a clean sheet against the Clarets, rather than the scoresheet on Tuesday evening. 

The Hammers head north in search of a third straight shutout on the road, one that could seal a Capital One Cup quarter-final place. And the No5, who has skippered the side in the previous two rounds, foresees no let-up with the business end of the competition now within sight.

He told West Ham TV: "We're getting closer and closer [to the latter stages]. Burnley's going to be difficult as they're on fire at the minute in the league. But we go there full of confidence, because we've put in some good performances in the League Cup and hopefully that continues.

"Every game's a massive game, hopefully we can go out there, start well and put them under pressure. We've played them a couple of seasons ago in the Championship and it's always a difficult place to go to, but that's something we're looking forward to."

Sean Dyche's men might be atop the Sky Bet Championship, but Tomkins has every reason to be bullish, with West Ham still to concede from open play on their travels this term.  

While clean sheets are precious at the best of times, the Hammers' struggles at the other end have thrice resulted in goalless draws, a habit that Tomkins is keen to kick.

"Defensively we've done really well and long may that continue, because we're not really scoring many goals," he added.

"That's always my task, as a defender, so hopefully that [run of clean sheets away] can continue. We could get a few at the other end and it's important that we get through to the next round. 

"I remember scoring against Burnley a couple of years ago in the Championship, when we were there last, so you never know! We'll see what team the manager puts out and hopefully we can win the game."  

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old has now started each of the Hammers' last five outings in all competitions, a run that began with the 3-2 League Cup success over Cardiff City last month. Tomkins has impressed ever since and is loving life at the heart of the Hammers back four alongside Winston Reid.  

"I enjoy playing with Reidy and it's always nice to get a clean sheet, but it's not just me or Reidy, it's the whole team," he continued. "I love it, I love playing week in week out, it's a great feeling." 

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