Parker determined that the Irons will survive
PUBLISHED: 10:37 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010
By JONATHAN CLEGG SCOTT PARKER insists that West Ham have shown they have the fighting spirit to survive a relegation scrap following the club s battling draw at Chelsea last weekend. Parker produced a commanding display as the Hammers picked up a precio
By JONATHAN CLEGG
SCOTT PARKER insists that West Ham have shown they have the fighting spirit to survive a relegation scrap following the club's battling draw at Chelsea last weekend.
Parker produced a commanding display as the Hammers picked up a precious point in their fight against the drop at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, preventing the Blues from regaining leadership of the Premier League table.
The England international was named man of the match in the meeting with his former club after helping to limit the influence of Chelsea's line-up of stars, including former Hammers Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.
But Parker declined to reflect on his individual performance after the match, preferring to focus on the team ethic that he believes will help the club climb away from relegation danger in the coming weeks.
"The whole squad out there was great - it was a reward for defiance and guts," Parker said of the club's first point against Chelsea in seven matches.
"The manager was really pleased - everyone put in a shift and we can all be proud to go home with a point.
"I think it's clear that we have spirit. We have something there that you need - with the league being so tight that two wins move you up or two bad results put you in trouble, the spirit and determination is something you need and we definitely have that."
West Ham's battling qualities have helped the club collect a series of impressive results on their travels.
The Hammers are now unbeaten in four matches away from Upton Park and have collected points from Anfield and Stamford Bridge this month.
The club even had opportunities to improve on a return of two points from those trips, with Craig Bellamy striking the post in the goalless draw against Liverpool and Carlton Cole missing a great chance to hit a late winner against Chelsea last weekend when his low shot was saved by Peter Cech.
Parker is confident that the form of both players can help the club
capitalise on their combative displays and lift the team away from the drop zone.
"Craig is always a threat but has not got the goals to go with that of late, but his performances have shown what he's capable of," Parker said.
"Carlton Cole had a late chance at the end and put in a good shift as well, so there's no reason why they can't go on from this again and push on.
"We want to push on again - we've had two away games now against two teams from the top four and in those games we have shown we've matched them and played better than them at times.
"Hopefully we can take that into the next few games.