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01-04-2008, 04:00 AM
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has reiterated that he has not fallen out with striker Dean Ashton.

Ashton was relegated to the substitutes bench for the victory over Manchester United last weekend and the defeat at the hands of Arsenal on New Year's Day.

The striker had started the Hammers' five previous games, after the beginning of his season was disrupted by injury, and Ashton was said to be unhappy at dropping out of Curbishley's first XI.

However, Curbishley is adamant there is not a problem between the pair.

"I wouldn't mind clearing up the situation concerning Dean," said Curbishley.

"We've played the top four teams, we played 4-5-1 at Chelsea, kept it tight and were unlucky not to get something from the game.

"We went 4-5-1 against Manchester United and away at Arsenal and Carlton Cole is suited best to the lone striker's role - there's a lot or work to be done when you're playing that role.

"I think we've eased Dean in properly at the start of the season and we're doing it again now.

"Obviously people want to play every game but he played three and a half games, nearly four games, on the spin over the Christmas period.

"I changed it for the Manchester United game and perhaps had we not been playing another top-four team I might have changed it around a bit.

"But he's had a good rest and hopefully he'll come into training nice and fresh.

"I spoke to Dean before the Manchester United game and he understood it, he probably felt a bit tired anyway and I explained what we were trying to do.

"There are no problems, we want to get the results and then we'll worry about individuals."