Danny Murphy says Chelsea game was Tomkins' best ever for West Ham

James Tomkins

The BBC pundit feels the defender was 'fantastic' for West Ham against the Premier League champions.

Danny Murphy believes James Tomkins had his best game in a West Ham United shirt against Chelsea on Saturday, according to BBC Football.

West Ham beat the Blues 2-1 at Upton Park thanks to goals from Mauro Zarate and Andy Carroll. But it was the east London side's defence that Murphy highlighted during analysis on Saturday night.

Indeed, he singled out 26-year-old Tomkins in particular, praising the 'fantastic' Hammer for his best ever display for the club. 

Murphy said of Tomkins on Match of the Day: "He had a fantastic game. It was probably his best game in a West Ham shirt."

 V Chelsea TacklesInterceptionsClearancesHeadersMinutes Played
Mark Noble 3 1 1 0 89
Carl Jenkinson 2 2 1 0 90
Cheikhou Kouyaté 2 1 0 2 90
James Tomkins 2 4 5 2 90
James Collins 0 1 5 5 90

As Opta stats show, Tomkins certainly contributed to West Ham's defensive effort against Chelsea.

Slaven Bilic admitted the need for the Hammers to play like an away team against the Blues because, home or away, strong sides like Jose Mourinho's always require a solid approach.

That meant hard work from West Ham's defenders and the 26-year-old pitched in with two tackles, two headers and an impressive four interceptions.

Tomkins also made five clearances, matched by James Collins, who impressed once more against Chelsea himself.

West Ham travel to Watford in their next Premier League clash.

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