Sunday, March 16, 2008

Freddie Sears' Press Cuttings

Freddie Sears
There are only two West Ham players who really feature in today's back pages. Freddie Sears' winner and first goal for the club impressed the Sunday papers but it is Dean Ashton who seems to be the unanimous choice for man of the match.

The Express say that Freddie Sears made a 'dream début'. The paper were less impressed by the West Ham right back, they say that "Lucas Neill was caught hopelessly out of position" for Blackburn's goal. Despite Sears' impact on the game The Express name Dean Aston as their man of the match

The Daily Mail claim that Trevor Brooking "beamed a smile as wide as the Thames" when young Freddie scored his opening goal for West Ham. Alan Curbishley noted that after the game it was Sears himself who had the biggest smile, "He is walking around the dressing room, beaming."

The eagle eyed Daily Telegraph took note of Sears' "crossed-irons gesture (as) he proclaimed his support for the east London club." However the paper were just as impressed with Ashton's performance and named him man of the match.

The ever begrudging Guardian say West Ham "just about deserved to win it." However the paper were impressed with their man of the match, Dean Ashton. They enthuse that "few English strikers possess Ashton's combination of power and finesse."

The Times say Sears made the "most glorious début" but claim Ashton "played a pivotal role". They say that Ashton's "work ethic, physical presence and well-honed technique proved inspirational." The Times name Ashton their 'star man' (what is wrong with 'man of the match' you muppets).

Sears reminded The Independent of another young pint sized striker. They noticed that Sears "emulated a feat performed 25 years ago by Tony Cottee, with whom he has already been compared, by scoring on his Upton Park debut." In fact The Independent feel that Sears has "the makings of a true Hammers hero."

And who could argue with that?


At 7:38 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

Ashton wanted to be first to the ball yesterday in a way that hadn t be evident for a long time. in doing that ,he took pressure off his teammates ,and he gave everyone a lift.

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Lew said...

Agreed portugal, Ashton was sublime yesterday, he's looking fitter and his hunger is coming back. A few goals the rest of this season and a decent pre season will set him, and hence us, in good stead.

Freddie Sears, what can you say. Unbelievable debut from the lad, took the goal very well too :-)

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

yes ,the composure the lad showed for an 18 year-old was incredible,and the presence of mind he showed in following up friedel s parry. he made it look easy and it was anything but.

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Chris // NYC Hammers said...

See that Keir? I believe it was only you and myself throwing our support Ashton's way.

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you ll find that provided Ashton gives 100 per cent ,people will support him. the support he receives isn t necessarily dependent on him scoring. it depends on him playing like he s interested in being on the pitch. which hasn t been the case up until recently.

when he performs well ,it should be acknowledged,just like when he underperforms there s no injustice in acknowledging it either.

if he doesn t score another goal this season,but he plays with the spirit he showed yesterday ,i ll have no complaints

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous karly said...

Chris, I think you can rest assured that people's opinions are not static. This is exemplified by the Guardian's glowing review of Ashton's performance yesterday when two to three weeks ago they could not be bothered to rate his performance.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Keir Clarke said...

I agree with Chris - he and I stood alone against the nay sayers.

I think I might start sticking up for Boa Morte next - hopefully he will then turn into a brilliant player. - OK maybe not.


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