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Allardyce lauds 'fantastic' finish

Filed: Wednesday, 20th July 2011
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has praised young striker Freddie Sears for the goal that won tonight's pre-season friendly in Copenhagen.

Sears struck with two minutes of time remaining to record Allardyce's first win as West Ham manager and earn the praise of his new boss.

Speaking with Danish TV after the game, Allardyce said: "It was a quality goal, a quality finish. The ball in, the lay off and Freddie's finish were fantastic.

"It was a good ball from Jordan Spence and a good ball again from Cristian [Montano]. The first touch from Freddie Sears takes him past the defender and it was a fantastic little finish."

Allardyce also has positive words for his young defensive duo James Tomkins and Winston Reid, who held their supposedly superior oppostion at bay tonight.

"I think we've got a very good defensive force here," he added. "I think those two players, Winston - still in his early 20s - and James Tomkins - just 21 - did a very good job. [They're] a promising pair.

"Winston came to West Ham through a very good World Cup with New Zealand so we're really looking to see his progression this season. He found it difficult last season because the team had a bad time and ultimately got relegated.

"But this time round, he's got a much better chance of establishing himself in the team."

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