James Tomkins wants West Ham United to keep it clean once again when they entertain Norwich City on Tuesday evening.

The Hammers have kept a Barclays Premier League best 12 clean sheets so far this term - nine of which featured Tomkins in the starting line-up.

With four clean sheets in his last five league appearances, the No5 is eager to extend that record when he tackles the Canaries at the Boleyn Ground.

"We are hoping to keep another clean sheet, because we're really proud of our record at the minute," Tomkins told West Ham TV. "Hopefully we can go on from there.

"We're creating chances, so hopefully we can score some goals, which is important because we were obviously lacking in that department earlier this season.

"It's going to be a difficult game. They got a good result on Saturday [drawing 0-0] against Manchester City, so they'll be full of confidence, but hopefully we can keep our run going.

"We're in our best run of form at the minute and the fans are showing us some great support, which always helps. They were brilliant all game and we showed our appreciation at the end, so hopefully that can continue as well."

Reflecting on Saturday's 2-0 win at Aston Villa, Tomkins said the Hammers had dealt with the hosts' threat well throughout.

West Ham kept Villa quiet in the opening stages and dominated for long periods before half-time, then scored twice through Kevin Nolan in the opening four minutes of the second half.

Villa threw on winger Marc Albrighton and striker Grant Holt in a bid to get back in the game, but Tomkins and his defensive colleagues held firm to close out another vital victory.

"The first ten or 15 minutes of the game were vital, really," he explained. "The conditions played a part as it's always hard to play the style of football they wanted to play [in wind and rain]. It was a bit messy, but all in all we defended well as a team.

"In the second half, we were camped at the back a little bit, but we dealt with them in the end."

Tomkins said a run of ten points from 15 means confidence, as one might expect, is sky high.

"It's massive and it's important for us to keep this run going now. We have got two back to back wins, which doesn't happen to us very often, and hopefully we can get a third against Norwich.

"The lads are full of confidence at the moment, so we'll go from there."

While West Ham's defensive displays have been outstanding, Tomkins was quick to praise the contribution of captain Nolan, who has scored all four goals in the Club's 2-0 wins over Swansea City and Aston Villa, and the team as a whole.

"Nobby has been brilliant. The last couple of games have seen him come into his own and he's scoring vital goals for us. That's why he is always in the team - because he can get that vital goal. He is obviously a leader, too.

"The lads who are playing are keeping other people out of the team and that's what it is like at the minute. It's good, because everyone is working hard and trying their best. If not, there is someone who can step into your shoes.

"I think everyone is doing really well and as a team we are defending particularly well, so long may it continue."

Two players who contributed to Saturday's success and could have another important role to play against Norwich are Italian imports Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino.

Debutant Borriello impressed with his all-round game after replacing Carlton Cole at half-time, while Nocerino added his work-rate and composure to the midfield in the frantic closing stages.

"I think they are both good additions. It was the first time we've seen Marco and he put a good shift in. He is a strong lad who can hold up the ball and technically he is quite cute, as you'd expect when you see the teams he has played for.

"We needed numbers and good players as well, which they are. We've got competition all over the field."