Parker prepared for tough times ahead

BY foxsports • September 20, 2010

Parker's side ended a four-game losing streak by picking up a first point of the campaign courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday. Parker had given his team the lead at the Britannia Stadium and has again been West Ham's stand-out performer this season. The midfielder was satisfied to emerge with a point from a tough trip to Stoke, but acknowledged it is time for the Hammers to start winning. "We have to put up a front," said Parker. "That's exactly what's needed now, it's going to be a tough season for us. "There's no hiding from the fact that it's going to be difficult. When you play in the Premier League there is no hiding place. But the one thing we have to do is stick together, no matter what is written and who says what. "The way things were going there were a lot of people who wouldn't have thought we would have got a result at Stoke. "We came away with a point and before the game we would have taken that if we are being brutally honest with ourselves. "But we do need to start winning. We all know that in the Premier League you can have as much quality as you want, but you need a real desire to go and win. "I try and play my game and try and inspire others to follow. And there are a few like that out there."


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