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Tomkins: A Massive Result

7 March 2017

James Tomkins was part of the backline at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday that kept a second consecutive clean sheet as the three points moved The Eagles back outside the bottom three with the defender continuing his new partnership with Mamadou Sakho.

"Mamadou has come in and he’s good to play alongside because he is so chilled and calm. He has been brilliant since he has been here and it’s a joy to play with him and I am enjoying my time as we learn from each other and let’s hope it can keep going. 
"From a personal point of view I think I have been playing well and its so big to be keeping clean sheets in the Premier League and it's something the manager has always been big on and he has not changed one bit. He is trying to keep us as solid as we can and we will always have goals in us at the other end from our front three." 

The two second half goals will both be candidates for the goal of the season when the nominations come round in May and Tomkins was pleased to see Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha cap their performances with crucial goals. 

"It’s good for the two lads to get the goals, Andros works really hard and you see that with the effort he puts in and we all know what Wilf is capable of doing, the fans have seen that for years now. It’s good for them to both play so well and massive for us to see them get the two goals."

27 year-old Tomkins was delighted that the side were able to gain back to back top flight victories and looked ahead to warm weather training with the squad having the important ingredient of confidence back into their minds.   

"The result was massive after the great performance we put in against Middlesbrough the week before so it was great to back it up with another good win. Back to back wins in the Premier League is massive, especially the position we are in. We know it's still going to be hard but at least it helps us a little bit and rest assured we will fight until the rest of the season, six points is massive. 
"It will be nice to get some sun on our backs and get some recovery time in but we are not relaxing and want to keep the run going. Our next match is against Watford which is another big game for us and with the run we are on there is no reason we cannot keep it going in the next home match."

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