Jermaine Jenas: This 33-year-old was crucial in West Ham win v Swansea
By Matt Bullin
Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas has praised James Collins’ performance after West Ham’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.
Collins was part of the Hammers side which kept only their second Premier League clean sheet of 2017.
Cheikhou Kouyate scored a 25-yard belter in the 44th minute to hand West Ham all three points and end their five-game losing run.
The result meant the Hammers jumped to 14th in the league, and are now incredibly level on points with the three sides above them, as West Ham, Stoke, Burnley and Leicester all sit on 36 points.
For Swansea, the defeat means they remain in the drop zone, two points from Hull and safety.
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Speaking on BBC 1’s Match of the Day (Saturday 10.30pm) Jenas said of Collins’ performance: “He was prepared to put his body on the line.
“It wasn’t a game for the fancy players. It was a game for the players [like Collins] to dig deep and get what they needed.”
Collins, who has been capped 50 times by Wales, has struggled with injuries this season, making only his 16th Premier League appearance.
Next up for West Ham is a winnable trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland as Slaven Bilic’s side look to climb the table and put themselves clear of the relegation battle.
In other West Ham news, Kevin Nolan has made this prediction for West Ham ahead of the 2017/18 season.