James Tomkins is making the most of his first-team opportunity.

After having to watch on for the first five Barclays Premier League games of the season, the 24-year-old has re-established himself in Sam Allardyce's team with a string of commanding performances.

The Hammers have kept four clean sheets in the seven games Tomkins has played, and he was happy with another solid performance against Aston Villa on Saturday.

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"It's always nice to test yourselves against players like that and come out on top," he said.

"They hit the bar, but overall we defended well again and kept a clean sheet, so we were happy with that side of things.

"I'm enjoying playing my football - it's nice to come into the side and hit the ground running.

"Now we just need to get some wins in the bag. We've kept a lot of clean sheets and you need just one goal to change the game - we're looking for that one goal to set the season off."

One moment which had Hammers hearts in mouths on Saturday was when Andreas Weimann went to ground as he threatened to burst clear from Ravel Morrison in the opening period.

Had referee Howard Webb awarded a foul, a red card for Morrison could well have followed, but Tomkins believed the official to have made the correct decision.

He explained: "I was looking at it from a distance and couldn't really see it too clearly. I think it was a bit of a 50-50 tussle and Rav showed a bit of strength."

Next up for West Ham is a trip to Norwich City, who will be smarting from conceding eleven goals to the two Manchester clubs in the past week.

Despite those porous performances, Tomkins is still wary of their threat.

He added: "Man City are a difficult team to play against, they came here the other week and played really well.

"Norwich will be wanting to bounce back straight away from that, but it's important for us to get the three points so that will be our focus next week."