Freddie's ready

Freddie Sears is fired up for Everton tonight after making a sensational return to the West Ham United starting XI in the Boxing Day victory at Fulham.

Sears made his first Barclays Premier League start for the Hammers since 16 March 2009, giving his all in a new role wide on the right of midfield.

The 21-year-old was heavily involved in the 3-1 success at Craven Cottage just a few days after returning from a two-month loan spell at Championship club Scunthorpe United.

The youngster's performance was rewarded with a bottle of Man of the Match Champagne, but Sears insisted the three points were far more valuable than any personal accolades or a bottle of bubbly.

"It's great and I think the win topped it off. We've been looking for a couple of away wins and we've got one. The performance from all the boys ,meant we all dug in even when we were one behind. We did that and got the win and I think we deserved it in the end.

"There was a lot of hard work. There were a couple of new players who came into the team and they put a shift in. Me and Junior had to work hard on the wings - we're both very attacking players and we both had to put a shift in coming back.

"Everyone was outstanding. Then back four really gave us a platform to go and attack them and the two front boys were excellent."

While Sears worked his socks off to subdue Fulham's Mexico left-back Carlos Salcido, he was delighted for two-goal striker Carlton Cole, who continued his recent renaissance with a pair of well-taken finishes.

"I'm enjoying it. It's hard work, but I do enjoy playing out there [on the wing]. I've seen Coley all week in training and he's been looking sharp. He just needs some chances and he'll score. Hopefully we can keep feeding him and he'll score more."

Sears is now seeking to build on the Hammers' first away win since August 2009 by helping his boyhood club to defeat Everton at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday. However, the Hornchurch-born player knows defeating David Moyes' men will not be easy.

"I'm a West Ham fan and it has hurt me seeing us bottom, but hopefully this win can give us some confidence and we can start pushing up the table. Everyone has been getting behind us and they've really supporting us. It's coming to January and there's obviously a lot going on, but everybody is pulling in the same direction.

"There is no better feeling in football than winning, especially with the run we've been on. We've been bottom and not been winning many games, so everyone is buzzing and everyone is happy. Hopefully we can take this forward to Tuesday.

"Everton are a good team. They beat Manchester City the other night and looked really good so it's going to be a tough game. Hopefully, on our own patch, we can put it on them and see how we go from there."