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Friday 22 November Updated Wednesday 18 February

Tomkins eyes Chelsea 'boost'

West Ham United defender James Tomkins is convinced the Boleyn Ground crowd can play a part in helping the team emerge from their recent winless run.

The Hammers welcome Chelsea to E13 on Saturday looking to record just a third league win of the season and Tomkins is expecting a typical derby day atmosphere under the lights.

Last year's 3-1 triumph over the Blues is still fresh in Tomkins' mind and he would love nothing more than to gain a repeat result.

Watch Big Sam's pre-match press conference on West Ham TV here

The 24-year-old Academy graduate said: "The fans will get right behind us on Saturday and hopefully we can match that with a good performance and three points, which is needed at this stage of the season.

"Anyone can beat anyone on their day. Already this season there have been a lot of surprises and Chelsea have been beaten [at Newcastle United in their last away game] and there's no reason that on our day we can't win too.

"We beat them last year at our place, so hopefully we can have more of the same. We know ourselves that we need the points."

Tomkins is not concerned by results not going for the Hammers at this stage, because he believes the performance level has deserved more.

"There's no reason to panic, we just take it game-by-game," he stated. "We beat Spurs at their place and if we beat Chelsea it would give us a big boost.

"We're all confident going into the game, there's still a good atmosphere around the place and we're looking forward to it.

"They're conceding goals and when we counter attacked against Tottenham it worked for us. That seems to suit our play with our system at the moment and if we can frustrate them and keep it goalless at half time, we feel that we're likely to get a goal.

"The fans are going to be vital to us, getting behind us. We've got some winnable games coming up and we need to start this period with a good win on Saturday."

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