West Ham manager Alan Curbishley was delighted a fully-fit Dean Ashton put his year-long injury nightmare behind him with his first goal in 16 months in the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old last found the net in the 2006 FA Cup final, having been sidelined for the whole of last season after breaking his ankle while training with England, but he was on hand to finish a flowing 62nd-minute move to cap a superb win for the Hammers.

"I´m pleased for Deano, he looked strong," said Curbishley. "Two weeks ago against Reading he looked a bit leggy but he´s played for the reserves since and it´s done him the world of good. He can only get stronger now."

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