Midfielder required an injection to complete the gameAvram Grant has hailed Scott Parker’s influence at West Ham following another talismanic display by the midfielder which helped end Liverpool’s eight-game unbeaten run.
The midfielder was a major doubt before West Ham’s 3-1 victory after suffering a shoulder injury in training and Grant revealed Parker had required an injection in order to complete the match.
Despite being unable to move his damaged shoulder yesterday, Parker enjoyed another stellar performance against Liverpool’s midfield and the 30-year-old received the highest praise from the West Ham boss.
“I’ve been his manager for less than a year but I wish I had a player like that wherever I go,” said Grant.
“In training yesterday it was a bad, bad injury. He couldn’t move his arms but the medical team did a good job. He turned and our pitch is not so good.
“He was very close to not playing but Scott is a special guy, he showed great spirit and we are used to it this season.
“I think one of the things we have, despite the problems, is the spirit was very high. Scott is the best example of this.
“He needed an injection to play. I don’t like to compare players, but he’s my type of player.
“He always gives 100 per cent, we are in modern times but I like some things old fashioned, it's not about money or the girlfriends. He plays calm and gives passion."
First-half goals from Parker and Demba Ba gave Grant’s side the advantage before the interval and although a tense finished was created after Glen Johnson netted with six minutes to go, Carlton Cole ensured West Ham’s revival remained on course with a third in the closing stages.
The win has kept West Ham in the relegation zone but Grant’s men are now among a cluster of sides who will be targeting the 40-point safety mark.
Grant has attributed his side’s recent run to a number of players returning to fitness. Thomas Hitzlsperger, who made his debut for West Ham during Monday’s FA Cup victory over Burnley, looked assured at Upton Park on Sunday, and the Israeli is buoyed the German’s immediate impact.
“We missed him, he has power and intensity. With him our midfield is more complete, we move the ball quickly. It’s not easy to start the season injured and we have a few others coming back,” said Grant.
“Demba and Hitzlsperger are players I’ve followed for a long time and they belong to us. Both of them will get better with every game.”
Grant has reiterated his side’s performances do not reflect the club’s position in the relegation zone and the Israeli believes players returning from the sidelines will add healthy competition to the squad.
The West Ham manager also insisted he is willing to change a winning formation and with the return of Robbie Keane and Victor Obinna yet to come, Grant should have an abundance of attackers to choose from.
“I don't remember a situation like this where someone at the bottom can then be in 10th place. It's important now to win games, sometimes it’s not easy. We wanted to go on a run before. I think now because we have more competition it's better,” said Grant.
“We have quality. We are not a team for the bottom. We were bottom of the league but we play football like we are not.
“I think today in football you cant stick with one system, Robbie Keane is a very good player we need these types of players, and there are others when you win without them it creates competition.”