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West Ham boss Curbs: Ashton close

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley admits he had to reign in fit-again Dean Ashton for their victory over Roma.

"We haven't nursed Dean along through the pre-season, but we did today," Curbs told whufc.com. "I wanted to give him half a game to see how he was, and he wanted to be playing.

"He has worked ever so hard, perhaps two months more than the others, and has come back fully fit. I had never seen him train before, not close-up anyway. The last two to three weeks has been an insight for me.

"Dean must be so happy with the way it has gone. It has been a long year for him, but he will come in tomorrow morning and say: 'Right, I have thrown a marker down, it is up to you to decide what you want to do'.

"Bellamy and Zamora are the competition and I have something to think about now. I wanted to get to Monday morning, to get through pre-season, and then see what is available to me."

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