Anton Ferdinand says West Ham youngster Freddie Sears is "special" after he netted his first Premiership goal in their victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Defender Ferdinand said: "I have been bigging up Freddie since he first started training with us.

"He is special. Even though it was his first game there were no nerves.

"He's a grounded lad, he was born and bred in this area and he has a lot to offer this club. I told him I had a feeling he would score, it was written for him. And he deserves it.

"This is where the hard work starts but he has a future here.

"I'd like to think I'm close to a lot of the young boys coming through. I know what it is like to come through here.

"There is a lot of pressure on them because everybody expects them to be a lot better than they actually might be."

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble added: "This time last year I got my chance. I told Freddie to go out and celebrate but make sure he comes in ready for work on Monday."