Bellamy 'feeling good'

Craig Bellamy will head to Southampton on a high this Friday after a strong work-out against Peterborough United in midweek that saw him score another two goals.

The Welsh international striker showed he is raring to go for West Ham United by pouncing twice in the first half at London Road to settle an entertaining contest. As the countdown begins to the new season, Bellamy is looking to get as much play under his belt as possible so he can be razor-sharp for the forthcoming campaign.

"We have been working hard, we arrived back from the tour at the weekend and then began preparation for Tuesday's game straight away. To be honest, it was good to get out there [against Peterborough] because you tend to feel a bit leggy after a lot of travelling, so you need to get out there and run it all off. There was a bit of stiffness near the end of the match but that is to be expected and I came off, but I am fine and feeling good."

Bellamy scored his first of the evening at Peterborough after just three minutes - meeting Scott Parker's pass before racing away from the home defence and slotting the ball into the back of the net. He followed that with a delightful goal just before half-time. Latching on to Lucas Neill's long pass, Bellamy rounded the keeper and chipped the ball over his head to make it 2-0. After scoring a brace up at Hampton and Richmond earlier this month and taking part in the successful tour for the first-team in North America, Bellamy is certainly enjoying life.

He said: "Of course you want to get off to a good start, so it's nice that I have been able to get a few goals so far in pre-season and after being out last year, to be back playing. You just want to get off the mark, whatever the game is. I just want to get going now."