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The 28-year-old was pleased with the team's performance against Aston Villa on Saturday, insisting their squad has the right blend of youth and experience to succeed

James Collins believes that West Ham are capable of a top-10 finish in the Premier League this season.

The Hammers kicked off their return to the top flight successfully by recording a 1-0 victory over the 28-year-old's former club, Aston Villa, on Saturday.

And the Welshman suggested that, if his new side can sustain good home form, while also relying on a healthy team spirit, then their squad have enough about them to challenge for an impressive position in the table.

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"There's no reason why we can't aim for a top-10 spot with the squad we've got," Collins told The Sun.

"We looked fitter than Villa, we have got some strong and quick boys in midfield. We may not have passed the ball as much as Villa but the fight and team spirit got us through.

"Our home form is going to be massive. And if we play like we did today then there's no reason why we can't have a great season.

"We've put together a great squad - a good mixture of youth and experience."

Focussing more on Saturday's win, Collins did concede that Villa had had more of the play during the game, but insisted that he and his fellow West Ham defenders never felt under threat by Paul Lambert's tame attack.

"I don't mean to be disrespectful but, as much as they passed it, they didn't get near our goal," the centre-back observed.

"So me, Winston [Reid] and the boys at the back were quite happy with the job we did."