Curbs calling for classic Tevez performance

Alan Curbishley was pleased with Carlos Tevez's performance against Chelsea on Wednesday and is looking for more of the same from the Argentine against Everton tomorrow.

"I think he did respond after the Sheffied United game," said Curbs. "His endeavours, certainly at home, have really mattered and it was important he was on his game against Chelsea.

"He wasn't on it against Sheffield United and it was a really subdued performance - not just from him but from everyone. We put in a good performance against Chelsea but we haven't picked up the points."

Curbs also provided an update on Dean Ashton's progress - and mentioned just how much the Hammers have missed him this season. "He had another operation to clear out some scar tissue a few weeks ago," said Curbs. "We're very confident that he'll be up and running again in a couple of weeks. He's been in a better frame of mind since the operation.

"There's been a lot of talk about Michael Owen but Dean Ashton's been out for almost as long. He's been a big miss for us. He was injured on FA duty so there is a procedure for compensation and I'm sure we're involved in that.

"Ever since I've been here he's felt a niggle. He wasn't happy with it at all. He's been a lot happier since he's had the operation and he's confident that when he starts, that'll be it."

Thankfully, there aren't any fresh injury concerns for Curbs ahead of tomorrow's game.

"Anton has trained today; he picked up groin injury from the Sheffield United game," he said. "We didn't pick up any other injuries on Wednesday. We have all our players available apart from the long-term injuries. The bench changed a bit on Wednesday and it might be shaken up again tomorrow."