Parker hails defiant Hammers

BY foxsports • September 18, 2010

Parker scored his side's opening goal in the first half, only for the home side to draw level thanks to a Kenwyne Jones strike in the 48th minute. "I think we controlled the game in the first half and probably deserved to be 1-0 up," Parker told Sky Sports 2. "I think we can take huge positives out of today. They put us under immense pressure and we defended really well. "We came here today low in confidence and we can leave high in confidence." Asked about the absence of manager Avram Grant, who was observing the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur, Parker said: "It was going to be difficult when your manager's not here but we understand the circumstances. "We just got on with it and came here and got a result." Jermaine Pennant, who set up Jones' equaliser, was later substituted after suffering an injury. "I can walk and there's no pain so hopefully it will not be long," he said. West Ham senior coach Paul Groves said: "It's a good point. The players showed a good togetherness today. They could have quite easily have gone under."

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