Harewood a happy Hammer
By James Pearson. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Ham striker Marlon Harewood is enjoying life at Upton Park following the side's opening day win over Blackburn Rovers.
Alan Pardew's side have been tipped to make a swift return to The Championship, but West Ham stunned Rovers with a 3-1 success last Saturday.
Harewood says the mood in the camp is buoyant after the victory and that the players are using the critics' opinions as motivation.
"It's a very good place to be. I think the lads are buzzing after that win. We've just got to carry on from there," Harewood told Sky Sports News.
"Coming up from The Championship a lot of people were writing us off to go straight back down. A few of the lads try and root for themselves and prove the critics wrong."
Harewood recently penned a new contract at West Ham and the striker had no qualms about committing to The Hammers as he sees a rosy future with the East Londoners.
"They put a contract on the table that was good enough to sign, so I signed a week ago. We've got a great future with the young players we've got here and we'll do well next season.
"When it's all going bad it'll sink in that we're in The Premiership, but I think at the moment we're doing really well and we'll just have to take things as they come."