Freddie delighted to get off the mark

Freddie Ljungberg was delighted to score his first goal for West Ham United on Saturday, and insists there is more to come as the new season draws closer.

The Swedish midfielder rounded off a 3-1 victory over Southend United following first half strikes from Bobby Zamora and Craig Bellamy, and spoke exclusively to after the final whistle.

"It was nice to score my first goal and get the win," he said. "I was disappointed that we lost at MK Dons in my first game on Wednesday, but I thought we put in a good performance against Southend and it is starting to come together for the team.

"I had only played 20 minutes with Arsenal in pre-season before I came here, so it has been tough to play two games in four days and train as well, but I felt good and was happy with my fitness today.

"I am getting stronger each day and there is more to come from me. We have two weeks until the start of the new season, and it is all about working hard towards the game against Manchester City.

"My first week has gone very well," added Freddie. "We have some very good players here and they are a great bunch of lads, so I'm really happy and looking forward to the new season."