James Collins believes he is part of the best West Ham squad in his eight years at the club and said: “These are exciting times and hopefully I can stay in this team for a while.”
He told London 24.com ” “I came back from Wales and saw Winston (Reid) was struggling in training and Angelo (Ogbonna) hasn’t trained much, so the gaffer said I was going in and hopefully I can stay in now.
“Being on the winning side certainly helps and I have done myself no harm. I think I played well, so let’s see how long it can last.
“We knew they were going to come out of the blocks quickly, but we matched them and probably had the first couple of chances
“We have started slowly in some games and struggled, but luckily got points out of it, but against Palace we were bang on. The gaffer got it into us that it was going to be a tough start and we took that on board.”
He explained“I think we showed more patience in this game. It is tricky sometimes because you always think you have got to beat 10 men, but it can be harder because they defend so hard.
“But we have the quality in the team and if we keep giving these boys the ball, they will create chances and . score. “Andy has come on and I thought he was tremendous and he set up the second goal. As a team, as long as we defend well we are going to score them at the other end.”
He has already played 156 games in claret and blue and declared: “I don’t think we are in a false position. Look at the way we are playing, the way we are creating chances and defending.
“If you are being greedy you can look at the couple of home games we have lost and you can think higher. That is the way we are thinking.