West Ham United defender James Tomkins says there were plenty of positives to take from 2-2 home draw against newly promoted Norwich City.
Former England U21 international Tomkins, who again played a solid game in claret and blue this season, said West Ham should have come away with maximum points.
Tomkins said: “Before the game we were looking to get the three points but as the game panned out when we went 1-0 down a point was a hard earned point and probably a good result at the end of it. We didn’t deserve to lose.
“Norwich have proved already how hard they are to beat and we knew it was going to be a hard game. We tried to treat it like last week against Manchester City but they’re a tough team.”
In this rollercoaster of a season under Slaven Bilic, away form has been very different to the home form. Three away win in three against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City is the reason why West Ham sit in third.
However, costly mistakes against Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth means the Hammers have won just once on their own turf this season. With another mistake leading to a goal against Alex Neal’s side, the 2-0 victory against Newcastle United has been the only win at home.
Tomkins’ solution is simple. “We just need to keep what we are doing.’
The 26-year-old said: “We can’t look to far ahead and we need to take each game as it comes. It’s a long way to say we can reach Europe but we’ve started well and we want to carry on and we want to aim for the top and see where that takes us.
• Match report: West Ham 2, Norwich 2
“Our away record is unbelievable. We need to keep it going and it’s going to be another tough game against Sunderland. They are looking to turn their season around and we have to make sure they don’t so it against us.”
The east Londoners have started identically to last season, resulting in occupying a third place position. However, unlike last season, the E13 club are the joint top scorers in the league along with Leicester City with 15 goals in seven games.
“We’re scoring for fun at the minute and we’ve got bags of goals in the team,” said the West Ham academy graduate. “Now the aim is to try to keep more clean sheets and defend as a team. We know we can score goals in abundance if we want to.”