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Curbs coy on Ashton return

27 Sep 2007 - 09:03:33

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley hailed the performance of Carling Cup matchwinner Dean Ashton, but stopped short of calling for his inclusion in the next England squad.

Ashton netted his third goal in as many games as the Hammers edged out Championship side Plymouth Argyle in Tuesday's third round tie.

The 23-year-old scored in the 91st minute to seal a narrow 1-0 victory at Upton Park.

But after only recently making his comeback from 12 months on the sidelines with a badly broken ankle - an injury picked up on international duty - Curbishley played down his in-form striker's chances of winning an England recall.

"I'm not thinking about England at the moment, I'm just happy he's playing for West Ham again," he said.

"I asked him about this game and he said he wanted to play. It was a tough game for everyone out there, but he came through it.

"We always knew this was going to be a difficult game.

"Plymouth are well organised and they have a settled side and they made it very difficult for us.

"They'll be upset that they've got done in the last minute but that's cup football.

"Dean got stronger as the game went on and I was thinking that, if we do get a chance, I hope it falls to him."

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