Parker still positive

Scott Parker has spoken of his full confidence that West Ham will soon be "getting some points and moving up the league".

The midfielder was magnificent again in Saturday's 3-1 defeat despite the Chelsea might in midfield. He held his own and topped off a superb display with a late consolation that had everyone in the Boleyn Ground out of their seats. Parker met a Petr Cech punched clearance on the edge of the area with a first-time side-foot volley that looped back over the keeper and into the net.

Fresh from his new long-term contract and looking to next Saturday's trip to Stoke City, Parker said: "We can take some positives out of today's game. We were playing a very good side in Chelsea and we always knew it was it was going to be a tough game. We go into the Stoke game with positives and look to reproduce them in that game.

"Morale is high. It has been a difficult start for us. We are not kidding ourselves. We would like points on the board. We have had a difficult start but at the same time we need to win games. We know that and we are trying our hardest with everything we are doing in training.

"We are going into games to win the match. At the moment it has been a bit tough. The quicker we can get some points the better really."

Parker has two goals from five matches in all competitions this season and played with all the freedom of someone who has just sorted out his future. "I am pleased that I am here. I can concentrate on my football and do my best for West Ham like I always do. I am really happy to be part of it and be part of us getting some points and moving up the league."

He also had no doubt that Robert Green would bounce back from his part in an unfortunate second goal for Chelsea. "Greeny is a very strong character. There has been more than one time since I have been here that he has kept us in the game. That is what happens. When you are a keeper one mistake is highlighted where I can probably go and make five mistakes and no one speaks about them. As a keeper you make one mistake and it is punished. He is a great keeper."