James Tomkins says West Ham United can take a lot of pride from Wednesday's goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Chelsea.

The centre-back returned to the starting XI after missing the home defeat by Newcastle United through suspension, helping the Hammers to achieve a superb clean sheet and collect a vital point.

Talking to West Ham TV, Tomkins said he and his team-mates would take confidence from their performance and the result they achieved.

"I think we can definitely take a lot of pride from our performance," said the No5. "I thought we defended really well on the day. Chelsea are on form at the minute, as well, and the Bridge is always a hard place to come and get a result, let alone a clean sheet, so it was nice.

"Hopefully we can take this performance forward, which is the main thing, because we now have confidence going into the next game.

"All of the team were rocks - Matty Taylor and all the back four were getting blocks in everywhere and that's what it takes when you go there. Sometimes you need the rub of the green to stop the net from bulging, but it was our day and we all deserved it because it was a good performance.

"I am proud of how I played, because I've had a couple of niggles in my groins and that's behind me now and hopefully I can put in performances like that - as I feel like I have most of the season.

"I thought we looked really good defensively and solid, while up front the Big Man is back and that gives us a lot of belief as well. It's nice to see him able to play 60 minutes.

"Obviously the Italian lads have bulked the squad up a bit, which is good, so we're looking up now."

With Winston Reid's return to the squad imminent and Roger Johnson having joined the Club on loan, competition for places at centre-back is now fierce. With James Collins also fit and performing well, Tomkins knows he will need to continue to produce the goods if he is to retain his spot in the starting XI.

"I think that's always been the case when all three of us have been fit, and now we have Roger here as well. It's important that we keep putting performances in, because I think all four of us are capable of playing.

"Competition for places is always good because you have to prove yourself every time you play."

Tomkins will now hope to keep his place for Saturday's visit of Swansea City to the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham have kept clean sheets in their previous two clashes with the Swans, including a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium in October, but the defender knows the Hammers will need to be on their game if they are to record their first home win since 30 November.

"We didn't have many chances on Wednesday - just a couple of efforts - but hopefully we'll create them a bit more often at home against a team we're looking to beat.

"A lot of people wrote us off before Wednesday's game but we put in a good performance and hopefully we can put in another one on Saturday and the crowd will get behind us."