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Collins sure of upturn in fortunes at Upton Park

PUBLISHED: 11:40 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

West Ham defender James Collins believes the club are finally getting the results that their performances deserve after extending their unbeaten away run to six matches at St James' Park

By Jonathan Clegg

West Ham defender James Collins believes the club are finally getting the results that their performances deserve after extending their unbeaten away run to six matches at St James' Park last weekend.

Collins recovered from an early mistake to help the Hammers to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle as Gianfranco Zola's side returned from the North East with a positive result for the third time this season.

The club have won at Sunderland and taken a point at Middlesbrough in the past two months and have not lost away from home since October 29 - the longest unbeaten away record in the Premier League.

That sequence briefly looked in danger at St James' Park after Collins slipped to allow Michael Owen to net the opening goal with a low drive.

But West Ham hit back to take the lead through in-form strike duo Craig Bellamy and Carlton Cole and were unlucky not to collect all three points after Andy Caroll bagged a late equaliser for the Magpies.

It is the second time in succession that the Hammers have recovered from an early deficit to avoid defeat on their travels and Collins believes the team's newfound resolve is evidence of an upturn in fortunes at Upton Park.

He said: "The luck has changed for us. We had a bit of a bad run a couple of months ago - we just couldn't get the results to match the way we were playing because we were performing really well.

"Hopefully, that's long in the past now. We've had some good results of late and I'd like to think we can continue to climb the league."

The result keeps the Hammers in the top half of the Premier League and six points clear of the drop zone.

But midfielder Valon Behrami admitted to a sense of frustration in the dressing room after the Hammers missed out on a chance to go eighth in the table when Caroll's late header ensured a share of the spoils.

"This is a good moment for us [but] I think the emotion when the game was finished was disappointment because we could have won the game. If we had won, we would have been in a very, very good position.

"Maybe we would have been happier with this point earlier in the season but we had a lot of opportunities to close the game so we are little bit disappointed. We have to carry on doing what we are doing and we'll be okay.


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