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Thomas Johnson

We’re not bad with centre backs There’s no surprise that with our recent form there has been one big difference to the poor results of the preceding months, the return of Collins, Tomkins and Reid to our defensive options. It’s a mightier sight watching the balding head of Collins clear the ball or Tomkins last ditch tackles, than having to throw the likes of McCartney into an unfamiliar position and panicking to the point of Roger Johnson, who is just not up to the level we need at the Boleyn Ground. The partnership of Collins

and Tomkins has been so formidable over recent weeks that last season’s Hammer of the Year, Winston Reid, can barely get a look in since his return from injury. Restricted to just two substitute appearances, not many West Ham fans would have predicted he wouldn’t be able to get a look in after his start to the season. But Collins and Tomkins are reaping rewards of a steady back four and neither deserve to lose their place in a side that has kept four consecutive clean sheets. This recent run in the side has been brilliant

for Tomkins especially, a great prospect who paid the price of representing his country at the London Olympics, the same competition that Reid rejected to play in for New Zealand to focus on West Ham United. It is no blight on Tomkins that he jumped at the chance to play for Team Great Britain, but it meant he missed some pre-season and spent the rest of the season as third-choice to Collins and Reid. To have all three players back fighting fit and putting their bodies on the line to grab the team by the scruff of the neck

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