Many have asked how I justify my criticism of Parker given he was voted Player of the Year last season and I have maintained all along that the press made Parker the story last season and wrote a predetermined script all season. Well they were at it again today. I quote from the BBC match report:
"The Hammers, with influential midfielder Scott Parker excelling at the heart of a 4-5-1 formation, dominated in the first half."
Interesting. Scotty didn't score, of course, and didn't have a hand in the goal, but he was "excelling" apparently. Not Nolan, of course, who scored and who hit the bar. Nor Collison, of course, who created. But Scotty.
Now I didn't see the match but I did read the Official Site match report minute by minute and I was struck by the following:
90 mins: "In the final minute of the 90 and West Ham have the ball deep inside the Doncaster half until Parker loses it."
67 mins: "Cripes! Parker loses possession inside the Doncaster half and it's two on two."
Apart from that, Parker gets just three mentions - for winning two free kicks and making one block. No defence splitting passes worthy of mention and no shots. And this is from an Official Site dedicated to talking up Parker in the hope of getting him off the wage bill. Hmmm.