Tomkins: West Ham weren’t at the races in Watford defeat

Rob Conlon
James Tomkins: Defender concedes West Ham were second best

James Tomkins admits that West Ham weren’t at the races as the Premier League’s high flyers had their wings clipped at Watford.

The Hammers started the day in third place, but were punished as sloppy defending allowed Odion Ighalo to score either side of half-time and secure a 2-0 win for the hosts.

Things went from bad to worse when Tomkins’ defensive partner James Collins was sent off for a lunge on the Nigerian striker, leading to manager Slaven Bilic to slam the performance as “unacceptable”.

“It’s obviously disappointing because of the manner in which we lost, that’s the biggest thing,” Tomkins told the West Ham official website.

“I think everyone wasn’t at the races like we normally are, so that’s the most disappointing thing.

“We went down to ten men and that gave us no hope, but it was always going to be hard to come back from 2-0 down, who are hard to beat at their place.

“The manner of the goals, obviously [Carroll] could have done better and I could have cleared the second one. The striker has finished them well, but they could have been stopped and prevented, which was disappointing.

“Everyone can probably hold their hands up and say they did not do as well as they could, so that’s the massive disappointment.”

Following the defeat the East London club have dropped to fifth in the league ahead of next week’s visit of Everton.