Parker pride on WHUTV

Scott Parker had a month to remember in January after picking up two awards in the space of a week.

Parker was named the player of the month for January after gaining 33 per cent of the vote in an online poll. The West Ham United midfielder was integral to the team's superb form, playing a full 90 minutes in five of the Hammers' six unbeaten games in the month.


One of Parker's most notable performances came at Hartlepool's Victoria Park stadium on 24 January, when he was given the man of the match award after the 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round win. As well as being singled out on the day, the 28-year-old's performance led fans from all over the country to vote him 'Player of the Round', although Parker was keen to share the accolade with his team-mates.

"As a player you have personal things for you it helps and I'm delighted to have won a couple of awards," Parker told WHUTV. "I know it is clichéd but it is a team effort and I think everyone at the club is doing well. We just need to keep going in our next game against Middlesbrough and after that we go to Bolton, where we will need to start another run."

Parker knows an FA Cup fifth-round win this weekend would leave them just 90 minutes away from a Wembley semi-final, and the West Ham No8 is excited by the prospect of a long cup run.

"I don't there is a better cup competition around than the FA Cup. You can go and play at Wembley at the end of it. We're on good form at the moment and playing really well. Even at the weekend [the narrow 1-0 loss to Manchester United] we were unlucky and when you say that after playing one of the best teams in the world you have to think that is a good thing.

"That mood at the club is really bubbly and there's an infectious atmosphere at the moment which is good thing. Everything is running smoothly and that seems to be the way things should be going."