Sunday 21 Jan
Updated Sunday 21 Jan 08:00
West Ham Tv

Collins: A point is ‘a decent return’

James Collins believes West Ham United were well worth a point in their 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Hammers were dominant in the opening period of this weekend’s Premier League contest, but fell behind in the 71st minute to a Ryan Fraser strike.

However, the Irons were level just over a minute later as Chicharito linked with Marko Arnautovic to poke home from close range.

Collins is disappointed that the side didn’t collect the win against the Cherries but admits a share of the points is a good result after going behind late in the second half.

It was great character from the lads to come back and score a goal as soon as we did. A point is a fair result.

James Collins

“We started the game pretty well,” Collins told whufc.com. “We were disappointed not be up in the first half, and then they put us under a bit of pressure in the second. Looking at the game, a point is a decent return.

“I think there was a stop in play and I think we lost our concentration, and they got through us too easily. It was great character from the lads to come back and score a goal as soon as we did. A point is a fair result.”

The Welshman also expressed his happiness for Chicharito, who scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign in the draw at London Stadium.

He continued: “I’m delighted for Chicharito. He probably hasn’t played as much as he would like to, but he’s come on and scored an important goal for us.”

Collins

Collins also indicated that fatigue played a role in the result, after some of the players featured in the full 120 minutes of the FA Cup third round replay against Shrewsbury Town.

The defender is confident that he and his teammates can recover in time for next weekend’s match with Wigan Athletic.

“The game on Tuesday and then today, we probably didn’t do as much training this week as we usually do. There were a few tired legs out there. We recover and we go again for the weekend.”