Marlon To The Double

Marlon Harewood is setting his sights even higher after already surpassing his goals target for the season.

Marlon, who has scored 19 goals this campaign, of which 12 were for Nottingham Forest, reveals:

"I had a target and have gone past it, so I am pleased about that.

"It was 15, so now I will try to double it."

Those who have seen his recent performances would no doubt be reluctant to bet against him reaching 30 goals if he can remain injury-free, especially as he is a player brimming with confidence right now.

He grabbed the winner at Bradford on Saturday, and says:

"It was a very good goal and I am pleased it won us the game; it was a nice move, weird, because I didn't expect it - I thought Adam was going to whip it in but he put it to Conners' feet and he slid it in for me to score.

"I am just thankful to play and win; that is the main thing to get into that playoff spot.

"There is competition and it makes everyone want to play, so that when they put that shirt on they want to stay on the pitch.

"It is looking very good; we shot ourselves in the foot in the first half on Saturday but we overcame that.

"We have got players that come in and fill the space."

Marlon believes that the spirit in the camp is a contributory factor to the recent run of wins and adds:

"All the lads are class, a good bunch of lads, and the atmosphere round the club is excellent.

"The staff and everyone are so nice it makes everyone feel at home - and that makes you want to play and express yourself."

Marlon is looking ahead to Fulham on Saturday and adds:

"It is a game for us to go and win; we don't have to be overawed at all and if everyone is on their game we will take it from there."

As for his old club Nottingham Forest, who sacked their manager Paul Hart this week to replace him with Joe Kinnear, Marlon says:

"I am very sad by what went on there because I was there all my life before I came here - I hope they will start doing well and get out of it.

"Life goes on and I hope the new manager can sort them out."

As for West Ham's stealthy climb at the other end of the table to Forest, he concludes:

"We are breathing down everyone's necks and if we keep this form going we will be amongst them."