Forward thinking for Parker

Scott Parker has said attack will continue to be the best form of defence for the Hammers going into Wednesday night's big match.

A front three of Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne and Carlton Cole were a constant menace on Saturday at Birmingham City, allowing Parker and his midfield colleagues to join the attack at will.

The second goal on Saturday was scored by Valon Behrami but also involved Parker and Luis Boa Morte bursting forward, before Cole's supplied the final assist to the Swiss international.

"I enjoyed [the way we attacked]," said Parker, who was joined on four goals for the season by Piquionne after he had opened the scoring. "It was good. I thought we looked a threat on the break on Saturday and every time we went forward we looked like we could score. That was the case in the first half and second half, so that was pleasing."

The midfielder is relishing the prospect of the chance to build quickly on the weekend point against West Bromwich Albion. However, Parker also acknowledged that the team had to make sure they could hang on to a lead in future.

"We wanted to win the game and we came away with a draw. Probably we'll look back and think it was a good point. We deserved to win the game and it's our fault because at 2-0 up we shouldn't have lost.

"We have to win games like this. We need to learn from this and just keep going. Saturday wasn't meant to be but we're looking forward to Wednesday now."