Parker's home comforts

Scott Parker is targeting back-to-back victories after another star turn for West Ham United against Birmingham City.

The Hammers star was in typically energetic form in the 2-0 Barclays Premier League win on Wednesday night, winning the free-kick that led to Alessandro Diamanti's all-important opening goal.

Diamanti's inch-perfect set piece was celebrated in style, with many of the West Ham players mobbing manager Gianfranco Zola on the touchline.

Reigning Hammer of the Year Parker said the squad's jubilation was the result of a spontaneous outpouring of joy and relief at recording their first success of 2010. He was also pleased to do well against former team-mate Lee Bowyer.

"It was obviously a must-win game for us. At times it wasn't pretty, but the most important thing was that we won the game. I'm just really pleased that we did that.

"It was good. Obviously I've played against 'Bow' a few times in my career and he's having a very good season. I had to be well alert out there and am just pleased we got the three points.

"It was just such a relief. It was definitely going to be one of those games where the first goal was going to prove crucial, like it did really. Everyone in the dressing room is pushing for the same stuff and has massive respect for the manager and that's clear to see.

"[For the celebration] nothing was planned or anything like that. It was just emotion. I don't think there was any message to anyone. It was just our support for him. We just wanted him to do well because, ultimately, he's a good man and that's the most important thing."

Wednesday's victory lifted West Ham to 14th in the standings, and another three points from the visit of Hull City a week on Saturday - combined with favourable results elsewhere - could see the Hammers close to within four points of eleventh-placed Blackburn Rovers.

"We've got another home game coming up and all our home games from now on are winnable. We're realistic and we know what we need to do and hopefully we can build on our win over Birmingham. Back-to-back wins are crucial in the Premier League.

"If you pick up results and pick up another one and, all of a sudden, things happen for you."