Ashton continues scoring for West Ham

Dean Ashton continued his superb preseason form by netting the winner for West Ham against Roma yesterday.

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Curbishley said: "He must be so happy the way it's going for him. It has been a long year for him but he now comes in on Monday morning and says 'I have thrown a marker down, it's up to you to decide whether you are going to pick me'."

Scott Parker is described as only 50-50 to make the opening day clash with Manchester City next week.

Curbishley said: "I was expecting him back by now but if he doesn't make the first game he should be OK for the second."

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