West Ham deserved all three points against Middlesbrough, says James Collins

West Ham deserved all three points against Middlesbrough, says James Collins

West Ham United deserved more than just a point from their clash against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, according to James Collins.

The Hammers have endured a miserable start to the campaign and went into the game with the newly-promoted side having lost four games on the bounce in the Premier League – including a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton last Sunday.

It looked as if that sequence was going to stretch to five after Boro took the lead at the London Stadium through Cristhian Stuani, but Dimitri Payet rescued a point for the hosts with a wonderful solo effort and Collins believes his side done enough to win the game.

“I think we knew we had to stop the rot,” the Welshman told the club’s official website.

“Obviously it’s been terrible the last four or five weeks so we knew we had to stop conceding goals and a point is what we needed.

“I thought we played better than that and deserved the three points, if I’m honest, but it stops the rot and we’ve got a break now and can get our heads on for the next game.”

The east London outfit were much improved in comparison to recent outings.

West Ham created more chances than Boro, had more efforts on goal and won more tackles, but had to settle for a share of the points in the end.

Manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping that halting the losing streak can boost the confidence somewhat as his side face an in-form Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park in the first game after the international break later this month.

James Collins was successful in all of his average duels against Middlesbrough.