James Tomkins hopeful of automatic promotion

Tomkins targets automatic promotion
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West Ham defender James Tomkins believes that the Championship side should keep pushing for automatic promotion after Southampton's slip-up.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has urged his teammates to believe that they can still reach automatic promotion to the Premier League following Southampton's stumble at the weekend.

The second-placed Championship club suffered a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday and Tomkins believes that the Hammers should take full advantage when they face Leicester City this evening.

"We are still confident," said Tomkins. "Our away record is really good and our home form, as we showed the other day in beating Brighton 6-0, is definitely better as well.

"Of course we can go into the play-offs and win them. We will concentrate on the rest of the season first, though, because we could still go up automatically."

Sam Allardyce's side are currently five points below the Saints, with two games left to play before the close of the season.

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