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Tomkins: We Dominated Second Half

1 October 2016


Defender James Tomkins was delighted that the five match unbeaten run continued in the first match of the Premier League weekend and once again the side showed the right attitude to come from being behind.  

"The performance spoke for itself as far we are concerned, we started brightly which is important when you are at a ground like Goodison Park, but unfortunately we found ourselves a goal down which hit our momentum. The second half though I thought we dominated and showed great character, from going a goal down we once again came back well as the lads all put a good shift in."

27 year-old Tomkins and the Palace backline were up against Romelu Lukaku, who now has five goals in his last three Premier League appearances, and a former team mate in Yannick Bolasie. 

"Romelu is certainly a handful & dangerous being a physical lad and with Yannick playing against us they had a lot of pace and power in their forward line but overall I felt we dealt with them well in the game."

Tomkins believed that the equaliser showed the quality of Palace's Belgian international as he showed his aerial strength to beat Maarten Stekelenburg.

"There wasn't much pace on the ball from the cross but his header was fabulous, the leap he's got means he was able to rise the highest and put the ball in the corner. He continues to prove what a good striker he is." 

Having joined the club in the summer Tomkins is enjoying life in south London and is comfortable to play in any position across the back depending on the line-up chosen.

"I am enjoying it and obviously have played with two different centre-halves meaning I have been on each side of the middle of defence and I would like to think I can play on both so it doesn't really worry me as I am comfortable playing in any of the four positions across the back. Everyone has welcomed me into the team and I am hopefully showing what I can do as I aim to go from strength to strength. It's great at the moment with an unbeaten run and hopefully it continues." 

Even though the international break is on us the Basildon born man has an eye already on Palace's next opponents. 

"At the moment we have good spirit and momentum within the squad so we would probably have liked our next game to have come sooner but the international break comes round and hopefully we can get injured players back, put in good work on the training ground and be ready for that massive game for myself against my old team, West Ham."

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