Harewood happy to break duck
Villa striker Marlon Harewood was delighted to open his account for the club ahead of Sunday's clash with Chelsea.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 29/08/07 2:53pm
Marlon Harewood was delighted to open his account for Aston Villa ahead of the Premier League clash with leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
The summer signing from West Ham found the net in the 5-0 Carling Cup romp against Wrexham but knows the task will be significantly tougher in the meeting with Jose Mourinho's side, live on Sky Sports 1.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "Once you get your first goal as a striker it is just awesome. I'm off the mark. You don't want to be going through the season not getting off the mark.
"It was fantastic to get my first goal and hopefully I can just carry on.
"Now I just want to take this confidence into the Chelsea game. Obviously, that will be harder. It is a massive game but hopefully we can take the game to them and get the result we want."
Harewood saluted his former Upton Park team-mate Nigel Reo-Coker who also found the net for the first time for his new club against the League Two side.
He added: "It was great for Nigel Reo-Coker to get off the mark as well. His confidence will be flying for Sunday."
And Harewood admitted the support he has received so far from the Villa fans has helped inspire him on the pitch in the games against Fulham and Wrexham.
He said: "I had a fantastic reception from the fans on Saturday. Once you go out there and hear a roar like that, you want to cut loose.
"The fans were tremendous. They were singing all the way through the game, and for me personally it is good to hear that. It makes you want to go out and do well."