Garth Crooks speaks highly of West Ham's James Collins after Swansea performance

Garth Crooks has hailed West Ham defender James Collins.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that West Ham defender James Collins produced some of the best blocks he's seen this season during the 0-0 draw against Swansea City.

The Hammers went away to South Wales on Sunday evening, and played a third consecutive 0-0 draw, following previous stalemates with Manchester United and Stoke City.

It was a game of limited attacking quality at the Liberty Stadium, with defences ruling the day, particularly for West Ham, who saw great performances from James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna.

Collins particularly impressed, producing a number of outstanding blocks to keep Swansea at bay, even though one of those blocks appeared to strike his hand from a Ki Sung-yueng shot.

The Welsh defender is in the side after an injury to Winston Reid, and given that his contract expires at the end of the season, the veteran centre back is making a real claim for a new deal.

After the game against Swansea, pundit Garth Crooks spoke to BBC Sport about Collins' performance, and having named in his Team of the Week, Crooks stated that Collins made some of the best blocks he has seen this season.

He also said that Collins did what was needed of him due to West Ham's injury crisis, putting his body on the line to get a clean sheet against Swansea.

"If you play away from home with a team savaged by injuries you do whatever it takes to get a result. That's precisely what James Collins did against Swansea," said Crooks.

"Collins produced three of the best blocks I've seen this season. That said, one shot did appear to be flying into the back of West Ham's net when the replay clearly showed that the defender's hand had stopped an almost certain goal. Collins appeared so desperate to keep a clean sheet it looked like the Welshman took the issue personally," he added.

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