Collins: “I am no cheat!”

gingeJames Collins has broken silence on claims he was play acting after the ball hit his hand on Sunday.

TV pundit Niall Quinn accused the Welshman of cheating to avoid a penalty decision going against West Ham.

Collins said “I think the fans thought I was trying to blag it by holding my head, but I wasn’t.

“I was holding my head because, in the same incident, I stayed on the floor and I think he slid in behind me and I took a knee in the back of the head. That’s why I was down, not because I was trying to say the ball had hit me in the head.

“The ball certainly did hit my hand, but I didn’t intentionally handball it.

“To be honest, he had a shot and I just tried to chuck my body in front of it. If you look closely, you can see I didn’t deliberately handball it. I just couldn’t get out of the way.”

Asked whether he is likely to play for Wales in Euro 2016 Collins answered:

 “I can’t afford to think ahead to Wales – I need to concentrate on my club form.

“I am out of contract in the summer, and I need to look at performing well and that will obviously be good for me in terms of my Wales opportunity too.”

“We are grinding out results, and although we are not scoring or winning we are picking up points.

“We are creating chances, even though everybody knows we are missing some of our creative players and goal scorers.”

“If we’d just had three defeats rather than three draws we would be talking a bit differently, but we are still confident and we feel that over the busy Christmas period there are games we believe we can win.”


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Collins: “I am no cheat!”

  1. These pundits soon for get don’t throw stones in greenhouses,
    You all looked silly last weak over sad comments were proved wrong and now you look silly again after the replays and other proof,
    Get a life and get something right

  2. You’re no cheat; you’re Ginge the Lionheart!

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