Collins reflects on Wigan win

James Collins was at the heart of the Hammers defence during Saturday's 3-0 win against Wigan Athletic and threw himself in front of everything to help keep a clean sheet.

"It was tough, but we knew it was going to be a battle," he said. "It's always tough coming up to Wigan but we were concentrating on getting a clean sheet. We did everything we could to keep a clean sheet and that's what we achieved.

"We went to Sheffield United a couple of weeks ago and didn't perform. We were determined to go up to Wigan and show how good we are away from home. We performed well, scored goals and kept a clean sheet, which is a bonus."

But James insists all eyes are on this Saturday's crucial game against Bolton. "All the boys have forgotten about it already and are concentrating on Saturday," he said. "If we'd lost to Wigan it would have been dire straits but we won and can now look forward to Saturday with it in our own hands. It makes it exciting for everyone involved.

"We've been on fire at home for the last month or so and the fans have given us a massive boost. Hopefully we can put on a good performance for them on Saturday and win for them.

"We decided to pay for their coach travel to Wigan, a lot of fans travelled to Sheffield United but we didn't turn up that day and they didn't have anything to cheer about. They were unbelievable as always on Saturday and I'm just glad that we put on a performance and gave them something to shout about."