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West Ham defender James Tomkins won't underestimate Swansea

Published 19/12/2015

James Tomkins is wary of Swansea's change of manager
James Tomkins is wary of Swansea's change of manager

James Tomkins is hopeful West Ham can get back to winning ways at Swansea on Sunday - even though he admits he does not know what to expect from the Welsh side.

With a squad rocked by injuries, Slaven Bilic's side have not won any of their last six Barclays Premier League fixtures.

They remain in the top half and take on managerless Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to head into the Christmas period on a high.

With fellow defender Winston Reid one of up to seven first-team regulars missing in south Wales, Tomkins is likely to be at the heart of the visitors back four and is targeting a first league win since they beat Chelsea in October.

"I know they are down there though so if we can get on top of them, the crowd are going to get on them," he told the club's official website.

"Everybody is looking forward to it and hopefully we can get some points on the board."

Swansea are still searching for a new boss having sacked Garry Monk following a poor run of form.

Several names have been linked with the post but there has been no movement and Tomkins admits it is difficult to judge what kind of Swansea he will be lining up against.

"You never know what you are going to get with a team who have just changed their manager," he added.

"We will see what sort of team we will face on the day, but they are still a good team. A couple of bad results doesn't make them a bad team."

Bilic has seen his side draw their last two games, securing a point with a 0-0 stalemate at Manchester United before the same result at home to Stoke last weekend.

The Croatian could be without Andy Carroll after confirming the England striker has suffered a groin injury.

But, despite also having Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet and Victor Moses missing, Bilic has backed his side to get back on the goal trail.

"Against Stoke, we had the most shots off and on target," he said.

"So we have to show more quality in the final third and I'm sure we are going to show that in this game."

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