Despite going out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Arsenal in mid-week, the Hammers have been a revitalised side in the league, picking up seven points from nine – including an impressive win over London rivals Chelsea.
After a difficult start to the season, Collins says he and his team-mates are back on the ball and ready to turn around their season going into the New Year.
“We’re full of confidence, as you might expect,” the Welshman said. “A few weeks back, the confidence was low and people were probably fearing the worst with the games that we had, but it shows the character of the lads to come through and get seven points from the last three games.
“We’ve got a big game against Newcastle now, but our confidence is high and I’m sure we can get another three points on Saturday.
“We were happy we played Stoke last week after the power cut threatened to have the game postponed, because we thought it was a good time to play them, and hopefully that’s the case again this weekend.
“I’m 34 now and I feel good. I was out for 12 weeks, which is a long time, but I came back in and the boys really helped me out and performed really well, so I feel great.”