Poor Scotty Parker must have thought he was back in Claret and Blue, as Tottenham shipped three goals and "Mr West Ham" was cruelly exposed - having his head stamped on by Balotelli into the bargain!
For the Nasri goal, the Tottenham back line was ripped to shreds as an unchallenged Silva, operating in the hole that Scotty is supposed to fill, slipped in a brilliant pass for the former Arsenal man to slam home. The second saw Parker watching from a yard away as Lescott netted. And as King brought down Balotelli for the third, who was that huffing and puffing in the Italian's wake? None other than Scotty Parker, his foppish hairstyle flapping in the Italian's slipstream!
Tottenham were undoubtedly unlucky - Balotelli should have seen a straight red for the stamp, never mind a second yellow - but Parker learnt today that, up against superior teams, anchoring isn't as easy as it has seemed up until now in a Tottenham shirt. With more big games to come, we will see just how good Tottenham and Scotty Parker really are!