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Tuesday 11 February Updated Wednesday 18 February

'We seem to be turning the corner'

James Collins believes West Ham United are 'turning the corner' as they prepare to tackle Norwich City on Tuesday evening.

The Hammers sat 19th following their New Year's Day defeat at Fulham, but a run of three wins and a draw in five matches have lifted Sam Allardyce's side out of the bottom three.

A heroic goalless draw at Chelsea was followed by successive 2-0 wins over Swansea City and at Aston Villa.

Those results mean West Ham kick-off their clash with the Canaries 15th and with a near full squad available, save for the absence of Andy Carroll through suspension and Ricardo Vaz Te, Joey O'Brien and Ravel Morrison through injury.

"We were always confident things would improve," said Collins. "You try not to make excuses about things like injuries and decisions, but they were going against us.

"We seem to be turning the corner. We've got three massive results on the bounce, which has turned our season."

Collins was at his best again in Saturday's victory at former club Aston Villa, making a team-high 22 clearances and two interceptions as West Ham recorded their 12th clean sheet of the season.

While Carroll missed that match and will serve the second match of his three-game ban against Norwich, Collins said the likes of Carlton Cole, Marco Borriello and Kevin Nolan have made up for his absence in the attacking third.

Captain Nolan, in particular, has been in fantastic form, scoring four goals in the recent wins over Swansea and Villa.

"We were confident we could win at Villa Park," Collins confirmed. "We got a good draw at Chelsea and beat Swansea. Losing Andy was a bit of a blow, but Carlton did well and Marco came on at half-time and also did well, so we're delighted.

"We knew if we could get Kev scoring, he will be massive for us. He got two against Swansea and two again on Saturday, so if he can carry on scoring until the end of the season, I'm sure we'll be fine."

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