Parker going for goals

West Ham United might be three games unbeaten, but Scott Parker is desperate to turn draws into wins as the Barclays Premier League approaches its climax.

The Hammers have recorded three draws and a victory over Portsmouth in their last five league matches, climbing to 15th in the standings.

However, inspirational midfielder Parker knows that a run of wins over the coming weeks will all but ensure the club's top-flight future.

"We've got some massive games coming up with teams that are around us and they're winnable games and we really need to go and win them and get three points," said the 29-year-old.

The England midfielder returned from a one-match absence with a hamstring injury as a second-half substitute in Saturday's goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers. A driving force as always, Parker came agonisingly close to creating a winner for his side, beating two defenders before stabbing a dangerous cross through the Rovers six-yard box.

Attacking intent is something Parker said he and his fellow midfielders will have to show consistently between now and the end of the season.

"I've been out for a little bit so was pleased to get involved and try and help the team," he said. "It's a shame we couldn't get the three points but we have to take the positives. We got a draw and it was another clean sheet.

"With my cross, I got to the by-line and I'm sure the forwards are very disappointed they didn't get on the end of it, but it's just one of those things. It's the way it's going at the moment.

"I think we all need to chip in [with goals from midfield]. At the moment we need to turn the draws into wins. We're getting a lot of draws. We're unbeaten in five now in the league, so we are doing well and we have got a little bit of solidity about us, but we need to start turning those points into three."

While Parker believes a victory at Burnley on Saturday would provide a massive boost, he revealed that everyone connected with the club was already feeling positive following the arrival of new chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold.

"I think it can only be good for the team," he confirmed "Obviously the negativity surrounding the club over the last few months never helps. As a player, you're always probably the last to know but you read what you read and it wasn't good.

"Things have settled down and it feels more stable now, so I'm sure we can really go and push on. We need to win some games now. We're in a relegation fight and we need to win games.

"Thankfully now it has been dealt with. We have two owners come in who look like, not only are they massive fans, but they really want to take the club forward, which is pleasing."