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James Tomkins - We Give 100% for Every Game

6 December 2018

James Tomkins spoke with Premier League Productions earlier in the week and looked ahead to this Saturday's game against his former club, West Ham United.

Towards the end of his interview, Tomkins was asked what he'd say to the Palace fans watching the Eagles compete over their packed Christmas schedule.

He iterated that while the players will always work their hardest, often it's the crowd that spurs them on further.

He said, "Fans can expect that we'll give 100% on the pitch, whenever we play. And they'll get behind us. We were in a lot of trouble last season and they were like an extra man for us."

Heading to east London is particularly significant for Tomkins, who was signed to the Hammers from 1997-2016. Having left the club for Palace, however, the defender now says that returning after two years feels like playing in any other game.

"I try and leave it to the side that they're my old team now," he remarked. "My first few times playing them was a bit strange, obviously. I was there for 20 years.

"Now, it seems like they're just another team and a team that we want to get points from. I always get a warm welcome back there, which is nice. But it's an extra incentive playing against your old team. We're looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to it, but I look forward to every game."

On Saturday, Palace will make the short journey to the London Stadium, which has only been home to the Hammers for two seasons. When Tomkins played in claret and blue, he says, things were very different.

"It's changed a lot since I was there. The year they moved stadium was the year I left, they moved training grounds as well. Everything changed just as I left. So even though I'm playing against my old team, it doesn't feel like it because you're not going to Upton Park or places like that. It does feel a bit different there now but it's obviously a club I still look at, keep an eye on the results of and stay in touch with a few people."

The game will kick-off at 15.00 and Palace will be looking to build on their record away to West Ham, having only lost once on the road to the Hammers in the past 15 years.

And you can listen live to full commentary of the game for just £1.49 via Palace Audio to see how Roy Hodgson's side get on.

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