"I'm delighted," he said. "When the manager said to me: 'Freddie, get ready,' I was a bit shocked but it just went from there. I wasn't nervous. The atmosphere and the fans spurred me on.
"It was a great feeling, it was unbelievable."
Sears also told WHUTV: "It was the best thing that could have happened. I come on, got my first early touch. Then I had a shot and it come back so I headed it in. It was a great feeling. It was unbelievable ... especially at home as well at Upton Park as a West Ham fan."
The homegrown talent had plenty of support on the day, revealing "my Mum and Dad were in the stands, a few friends and family and my mates were all around" and in typically unassuming fashion summed up his day by claiming - "I am delighted, it was a good debut."