Search

West Ham defender looks for bounce back against Swansea City

PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 February 2018

James Collins

James Collins

PA Wire

Collins: Liverpool defeat will not define our season

James Collins tries to stop Andrew RobertsonJames Collins tries to stop Andrew Robertson

West Ham defender James Collins still looked a bit shell-shocked when he came into the mixed zone on Saturday.

Perhaps it was the bitterly cold weather, or maybe it was because him and the defence had been run ragged by Liverpool in the second half.

It was never much fun for West Ham teams going to Anfield.

It was way back in 1963 that the Hammers triumphed at the home of the mighty Reds, until Slaven Bilic’s side bucked that trend with a 3-0 win there in 2015, followed by two draws.

James Collins chases Roberto ForminoJames Collins chases Roberto Formino

But normal service was resumed on Saturday as the rampant Reds ran rings round the Hammers to ease to a 4-1 win.

“It was a tough afternoon and it was expected to be honest,” said Collins. “They way they have been playing and scoring goals it was always going to be hard.”

Some teams have just one striker you have to be wary of, but in Liverpool’s case, like Manchester City, they come at you from all angles.

Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored on the day and could have had more, such was the way they cut through the West Ham defence.

West Ham's defending was haphazard at timesWest Ham's defending was haphazard at times

“They have a bit of everything,” said the 34-year-old veteran. “They play sort of slowly and suck you into a false sense of security, but when they get around the box they speed things up.

“We didn’t deal with that in the second half, the way we did in the first.”

That first half was a strange one. Liverpool had most of the possession, but the ever dangerous Marko Arnautovic twice tested keeper Loris Karius with stunning shots that deserved goals.

“In the first half I thought we played well,” insisted Collins. “We said it in the dressing room, if you go one up, then anything can happen.

James Collins battles with Roberto MorenoJames Collins battles with Roberto Moreno

“We were disappointed to go in at half time 1-0 down, because we thought we played pretty well.

“We had coped with them, so to come out second half and not play in the way we wanted to and to take a step back was disappointing.

“They took advantage of that by scoring some goals.”

Perhaps understandably, Collins was keener to talk about the future than what had just happened.

“This will not define out season,” he said. “We were not expected to come here and get three points.

“We have to go to Swansea next and then at home to Burnley and pick up the points. I have just said in the dressing room that we have to let this one go and concentrate on the next one.

“A lot of teams have come here and got steamrollered, so we will move on and go to Wales for a massive game at the weekend.”

The Hammers dropped a place in the Premier League table after this defeat and are just three points above the drop zone, but the Welshman insisted that the team is still confident.

“Morale is good,” he said. “We had a good couple of weeks training after an excellent result against Watford, so spirits are high.

“We have some great characters in that dressing room. I don’t want it to be too doom and gloom. If we had got anything at Liverpool, a lot of people would have thought of it as a bonus.

“Now we must go to Swansea on Saturday and get a result.”

There certainly are some strong characters in the West Ham dressing room determined to get them through this and Collins is one of the strongest.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 17:30

The Crow Lane club needed a last-gasp try to salvage a point on the road, but they felt they deserved more

Yesterday, 16:00

Though a centre-back by trade, defender played at left-back for Daggers in draw against Halifax Town

Yesterday, 15:00

Turnovers proved costly for Leopards as Solent Kestrels reached the National Cup final with an 81-70 victory at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday.

Yesterday, 14:00

Everyone Active Raiders head coach Sean Easton paid tribute to some of his key players following another four-point weekend in National League Division One.

Yesterday, 13:00

Havering ’90 Jogger members turned into Santa Claus for a festive run in aid of St Francis Hospice Santathon on Sunday.

Bostik Premier Division: AFC Hornchurch 0 Potters Bar Town 1

Tue, 17:00

Everyone Active Raiders forward JJ Pitchley praised his team-mates following their second successive four-point weekend in National League Division One.

Tue, 16:00

Essex club had won four in a row prior to Saturday’s game, compared to Shaymen’s solitary league victory in 14 matches

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now