Parker still positive

Scott Parker was back in training on Tuesday at Chadwell Heath determined to play his part in getting the points West Ham United deserve for a run of bright performances.

With neutrals everywhere incredulous as to how the Hammers came away with a 2-1 defeat from Sunday's match against Everton, the all-action midfielder wished the club had the chance to bounce back sooner than Saturday week's trip to Hull City. "I don't think it's a good time to have a break," Parker said. "We're playing some good stuff and in the position we're in we want to kick on.

"We obviously need to get on the training field and work on what we need to do and get a result at Hull. It's a massive game for us but I think every game this year is going to be massive. It's not happening for us at times - we're playing well but not picking up results. We're going to have to bounce back at Hull now."

With top-flight newcomers Birmingham City holding Liverpool to a 2-2 home draw on Monday night and surprise results happening every week, Parker summed up the competitiveness of the division. "The league is tight this year. Everyone seems to be able to beat everyone. [Sunday] was not the best of results for us by any means and we did not deserve it, but there are lots of positives we can take from it.

"We had a good win in the week over Aston Villa and we wanted to build on that," added the reigning Hammer of the Year who has been in similar form this season. "This happened to us last year when the manager came in and we had a run of results which we did not really deserve. We can get out of it. We have got too much quality in this squad."