Freddie ready for Saturday

As a lifelong West Ham United supporter, Freddie Sears knows how important it would be to his fellow fans for the Hammers to win at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Hornchurch-born No19 has been with West Ham since the age of eleven and is well aware of the friendly rivalry between the London neighbours.

With that in mind, the 21-year-old is eager to do his bit as the Hammers bid for their first victory at White Hart Lane since 24 April 1999.

"Saturday is Tottenham away and it's a massive game. Obviously it's a bit of a local derby for us and I'll be desperate to do what I can if I can get near the team or on the bench.

"It would have been nice to win at Stoke and go to Wembley, but the most important thing is the league. We want to stay in the Premier League and we've still got nine games to do that."

West Ham sit 18th in the table with nine matches remaining and know collecting three points in north London would lift them five places ahead of the weekend's other top-flight fixtures.

Sears said the recent Barclays Premier League victories over Liverpool and Stoke City had given the squad great heart ahead of a vital run-in.

"You look at our fixture list and you see names like Man City, Man United, Chelsea and the rest coming up, but to get three points from both Liverpool and Stoke was a massive boost for everyone around the place."

While Sears has not featured in the Barclays Premier League since the 2-2 draw at Everton on 22 January, the Academy graduate is ready to do his bit should he be called upon at White Hart Lane.

A goal in Tuesday's reserve-team victory over Newcastle United in front of the watching Avram Grant will have done his chances of a re-call no harm.

"I know reserve-team games are important because there are so many people watching them - the manager, his coaches and scouts. I never come to a game and play with a half-hearted attitude. I play every game as if it's my last game, try and do well see where it takes me."

Concentrating on reserve matters, Sears was full of praise for new second-string manager Steve Lomas, who has recorded two wins and a draw from his first three matches in charge.

"Lomy has good since he has come in. He has adapted well to the boys and his training sessions have been good. Everyone likes him around the place, so he has been a good addition to the staff."