James Tomkins insists West Ham United can reflect on their defensive record in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League with pride.

The Hammers' haul of 14 clean sheets was only bettered by five other top-flight clubs, as West Ham clambered clear of trouble to finish the campaign in 13th spot.

The Basildon-born defender maintains that those shutouts are a fillip for the whole side, not least with the onset of injuries in the New Year.

"I feel that we've done a good job, in terms of our defensive displays," he told West Ham TV. "It has been a consistent performance all season really, so all the lads are really proud of that.

"It's not just the back four and the goalkeeper, it's the whole team. Like I said, the lads are really proud of that [14 clean sheets] and the manager has made a big thing of it in meetings. As a defender as well, I'm proud of that."

Tomkins believes that the Club's defensive prowess owes much to the experience in the ranks, as well as plenty of hard work on the training pitches.

He continued: "You look all along our back line, and the whole team, you've got a lot of good players and a lot of experience. That's held us in good stead throughout the year and that experience helps the defending.

"There's discipline, we do a lot of defensive play in training and that's paid off."

As for his own campaign, the 25-year-old was thrilled to have started 31 league encounters this term, confident that he continues to progress.

"I've been happy with my year, I feel like I've come on again quite a bit," he confirmed. "I've played quite a lot of games this season. I think it's the most I've ever played in a season and it was nice to get those under my belt.

"I didn't start at the beginning of the season, so it's nice to play a massive part. We're in the Premier League and that's the main thing."

For the time being, however, Tomkins is focused on resting up, albeit with one eye firmly on a pre-season trip to New Zealand.

"Once we've obviously rested the legs, we'll come back to a trip to New Zealand, which will be a great experience for all of us.

"Reidy [Winston Reid] can show us around and I've heard it's a really nice place. That's what he's saying anyway, so we're all looking forward to it."