Congratulations to Scotty Parker, West Ham's Vice Captain Fantastic, selected as the Barclays Premiership Player of the Month for the first time in his career.
Some might see Parker as a curious choice given West Ham remain in the bottom three and only won two Premiership games in the month in question, losing at home to relegation rivals Birmingham along the way.
In one of those two victories, we only played for 45 minutes, ending the first half three goals behind against one of the favourites for the drop. The third West Brom goal in that game came from a free kick conceded by Parker. The free kick was remarkably similar to the one conceded by Parker against Blackpool which again led to a goal.
Parker scored one goal in the month in question and, if I remember correctly, did not assist any of the three scored against either West Brom or Blackpool, nor the other two netted against Liverpool. Some also believe that the return of Hitzlespurger and the introduction of Ba have been more important factors in West Ham suddenly looking a more potent on field force.
But let's not split hairs. Well done Scotty!