Hammers can end Untied’s unbeaten run, says Tomkins


WEST HAM defender James Tomkins believes his side can cause a major Carling Cup upset against Manchester United tonight.

The Hammers are still propping up the Premier League table, despite Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Wigan and must overcome the league leaders, who are unbeaten in all competitions this season, if they are to reach the last four of this competition for the first time since 1990.

But England Under-21 international Tomkins insists spirit in the camp is high, aided by the infectious personality of Wally Downes, who joined the club’s coaching staff last week.

“It doesn’t get much bigger than the cup quarter-final,” he said. “The mood is good in the dressing room. It is nice to get the win, to see the lads buzzing. After a game when you win there is no better feeling and hopefully we can just carry this on against United.

“You can see Wally on the sidelines. He just wants us to do well. He has come in, done well for us and hopefully we can carry on the defensive focus like this. It livens you up when you see passion like that. It is good for us. That is what he brings. We are going to need that.

“He told us how we can play for each other, how we can cover each other. And, if it has to go in the stand, it has to go in the stand. That is important instead of taking any risks. Deal with things if you have to.”

If West Ham are to pull off a shock victory, it looks like they will have to do so without their skipper Scott Parker who has a chest infection.