Tomkins targets title twist

James Tomkins is in the mood to make sure West Ham United have their say in the Barclays Premier League title race when they take on Manchester City in the final game of the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

The Hammers have the power to change the destination of the title should they manage to pull off a win at the Etihad Stadium coupled with a victory for Liverpool.

With the Club having secured their top flight safety following a 2-0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur last time out, Tomkins is now keen to help the Hammers have a say in the destination of the Premier League trophy.

"We'll approach it in the same sort of manner as we approached the game against Tottenham. We know we can have a say in the title race which is good.

"It's obviously a televised game now, which is great. We're going to be up for it and hopefully we can have a say in who wins the league.

"At their place it's always a hard place to play. Anything can happen on the day, look what happened a couple of years ago at QPR and what they did. They nearly caused an upset and hopefully we can have our say."

The Hammers head to Manchester with renewed confidence after a fine team performance which saw off Spurs for the third time this season in the Club's last home match of the campaign.

Victory against the north Londoners came on the back of four straight defeats and the defender felt getting off to a fast start helped put the match to bed by half-time.

"It feels like it's been a long time coming now with the four defeats, but to end it at home to Spurs with a victory - the third one over them this year - is great and it means the fans have got something to be happy about this season.

"We started well, we started well in the last few games I think, but one bit of skill from Stewy has drawn the defender in for a tackle and he's been sent-off.

"From then on in you're thinking that we can win. It's always hard against ten men but we managed to do our best and scoring two goals in the first half killed them off."

The whole team played their part against Spurs, with Tomkins and the back four laying the foundations for victory with a solid defensive display which restricted the visitors to just three shots on target.

The clean sheet added to the team's already impressive defensive record this season, which now tallies 14 shut-outs after denying Tottenham. Tomkins believes that the hosts could have won by a greater margin, but was pleased to attain another clean sheet.

"It could have been five or six, their keeper played really well. At the other end it's nice to keep a clean sheet which makes 14 this year, so that's a positive to come from this season.

"When they went down to ten men they took a striker off, so for us it's less work to do which is always nice. You don't mind that, but all in all we defended well as a team."