Upton Park talisman inspires team to win despite injury and family illness.
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West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker played down his match-winning efforts in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool despite injury and his father recovering from surgery.
The 30-year-old talisman scored a goal to inspire his team to claim three vital points putting the Hammers in touching distance of relegation safety.
Parker was nearly not involved at all but underwent treatment and injections on an injured shoulder he suffered in training on Saturday.
The England international dedicated his opening goal to his father, Mick, who underwent major surgery but was still at Upton Park for the game.
“It’s not too bad,” Parker insisted when asked about his injury.
“I got a bit of treatment on it and I got through the game, so it was fine.
“It was just a little bit of a knock and that was it, really. Anybody else would’ve done exactly the same.
“My dad has not been well for a while,” he added.
“I don’t want to make a big thing out of it. My goal celebration was obviously partly to do with that but it was a good victory.
Parker has now set his sights on securing Premier League status for next season but he knows it will not be easy.
“It was our best performance of the season. We came out and dominated the first half.
“We stayed strong and I think it’s a massive relief we got three points.
“As quickly as we’re celebrating the three points, we’re looking at next week and thinking, ‘If only we can win next week’.
“If we can put back-to-back wins together, it’ll be massive for us.”