Mixed emotions for Tonks

James Tomkins was left with mixed emotions after Everton fought back to claim a draw against West Ham United on Saturday.

Tomkins gave a fine performance at the back – one which saw him named Man of the Match by Hammers fans on Twitter – but felt his team could have taken all three points after Manuel Lanzini gave them the lead.

However, Romelu Lukaku then hit back, meaning West Ham had to settle for a point, which was still  a positive in the defender’s eyes.

“It could have been more,” he explained. “The way we started the game was very good – we controlled it possession wise and dominated from the off. When the goal came it was an error from ourselves which came against the run of play.

“To go in at 1-1 didn’t reflect how well we played in the first half. Then we came out in the second half and were strong again. I think it must have been a good game to watch from a neutral point of view. We didn’t get the win today but we can’t underestimate a point.

“Manuel took his goal very well. Different players might have blasted it and hoped for the best, but with the talent he’s got he’s bent it into the top corner.

“He’s got that ability, which is great for the team. We got have got a few [as a team] in that first half and it was a shame that we didn’t, but that happens.”

West Ham responded well to defeat at Watford the previous week and Tomkins is pleased to see his team pick up their home form.

He added: “For sure it was important to bounce back with a performance like that. We’re entitled to have one bad game in the good run we had, but we were disappointed with last week.   

“But we bounced back straight away and performed well against Everton.

“I think we’re starting to get it right at home now too. The fans have been right behind us and were driving us forward on Saturday.

“It was great support for us and we’ve turned the corner result-wise here.”