Harewood silences doubters

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West Ham's top scorer Marlon Harewood insists he never had anything to prove when he made the step-up to Premiership football.

Alan Pardew has recently hailed the improvement in the striker's all-round game and Harewood's single mindedness has been integral to that success.

Despite suggestions at the start of the season that Harewood would be unable to bridge the gulf in class from The Championship, the former Nottingham Forest man has forced his detractors to eat humble pie by already notching 12 Premiership strikes - a feat bettering the tallies of top-flight luminaries Wayne Rooney and Hernan Crespo.

"I don't think I had a point to prove. I just wanted to go out and do what the gaffer brought me to the club to do which is work hard and get some goals," Harewood told Sky Sports News.

Harewood's latest strikes came in Monday's 3-0 win over Birmingham and the 26-year-old believed his side's quick start was the bedrock for a win which catapulted The Hammers to the heady heights of sixth in The Premiership.

"A great start was important against Birmingham because they're not at their best at the moment - we had to get at them and that's what we did."

Meanwhile, Pardew has revealed that Roy Carroll is set to see a specialist in a bid to cure a troublesome back problem.

Pardew believes the former Manchester United star is unlikely to see action again before March but the former Reading boss can, at least, console himself in the knowledge Jimmy Walker is set to return.

"He [Carroll] is going to see a consultant about a minor operation to correct it as he hasn't seen much improvement," said Pardew.

"I don't want to say he will be out for the rest of the season because the lad is a bit worried anyway but I think he will be out for five to six weeks."