Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marlon Vows to Prove His Worth to Magpies; Marlon Vows to Show His Worth

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marlon Vows to Prove His Worth to Magpies; Marlon Vows to Show His Worth

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Byline: Luke Edwards

MARLON Harewood may have been given a torrid time on Tyneside but he would still love to extend his stay at Newcastle United as he vowed not to let his critics drive him out of the club. Harewood was jeered off the pitch against Bristol City last month by United supporters following a lacklustre display and some might assume the 30-year-old would be happy to return to Aston Villa when his loan deal expires at the end of December. But, rather than run away from his problems at St James' Park, Harewood has declared for the first time he intends to stand and fight them by working to rediscover the form which once made him one of the Championship's most feared front men.

Where there could be bitterness, there is only fresh determination and the 30-year-old feels he is starting to regain match sharpness after two years on the fringes of the first team at Villa. He said: "I knew this was a big club. I knew expectations were always going to be high here and that was part of the appeal in signing for these three months. I knew there would be pressure on me and it hasn't been easy at times, but I still back myself. "I still believe I have the ability to succeed here and that is what I intend to do. I want to be successful as a Newcastle player and I hope that can still happen.

"I've had a lot of criticism in the media. It's their opinion and they are entitled to it. All I can do is get on with it and help the team. That's what I try to focus on. "I try not to take much notice of what people are saying and writing about me although obviously you are aware of it. I've been in the game long enough to know that is what happens. Even the top players get it, criticism comes with the territory and I've just got to try and enjoy myself and enjoy my football. "When I was younger I don't know if it would have affected me more, I don't think so. When I was at Nottingham Forest the team got a lot of criticism because we were going down. "I wasn't getting it per se, but the team did. It was hard to keep going out there and trying to pick yourself up after you got knocked down week after week, but you have to. …

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