Search

Parker: Spurs must follow a merry Christmas with a happy new year

07:00 03 January 2013

Scott Parker

Scott Parker

EMPICS Sport

Scott Parker says Tottenham can reflect on their fine festive form with pride – and he is now urging his team-mates to maintain their winning run in 2013.

Spurs were held to a goalless draw by Stoke on December 22 but back-to-back victories over struggling Aston Villa, Sunderland and Reading have taken them back into the top four.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side have now won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions, and Parker says the Lilywhites must keep their foot on the gas.

“We’ve had a very good Christmas - 10 points from our four games, which is pleasing,” he said. “We’ve done really well. We have a good side here with some good additions and we’ve looked solid.

“We’ve been good away from home and have picked up some good results. And at home, after quite a tricky start with some draws against teams we would expect to beat, we have done very well.

“We’re sitting pretty nicely in the league so hopefully now we can maintain that going into the new year.

“I looked at the table the other day and you see that from where we are down to seventh or eighth there are only a few points in it, so it’s tight. All we need to do is keep worrying about ourselves and keep on picking up results, which we have been doing.

“There was a little point last season where we dropped off. There is always going to be a point in the season where your form becomes patchy and it’s just about how long it lasts. You would like to think we can maintain the results we are getting and push on.”

Parker has recently returned from a long-term Achilles injury which ruled him out for the first half of the season, and the 32-year-old made his fifth substitute appearance of the campaign in the 3-1 victory over Reading on Tuesday.

“It’s good to be back,” he said. “It’s obviously been a while since I’ve been involved so the last few weeks have been pleasing, getting back into it and back amongst it.

“I was struggling with my Achilles for some time. I didn’t think I would be out for as long as I was to be honest, but I always thought I would get back to where I need to be and it’s just about hard work now.

“My Achilles is fine, I just need to put in some game time and get some good training under my belt to get match fit.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

07:11
Mesut Ozil (left) and Alexis Sanchez celebrate at Vicarage Road as Watford's Jose Holebas looks on

OK Arsenal fans, you can come out now…for the time being at least. The dismantling of Watford on Saturday evoked distant, pre-navel gazing memories of how things used to before Arsenal scrutiny became ‘hip’ in the football industry.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Michel Vorm (left) slides in to tackle Liverpool's Sadio Mane

Reserve goalkeepers can be easily forgotten - just ask Michel Vorm.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Danny Rose (right) celebrates his leveller at White Hart Lane. Pic: Steve Paston/PA Wire

Danny Rose cancelled out James Milner’s first-half penalty with a second-half equaliser as Spurs drew 1-1 with Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Here are five talking points.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Gary McCann has played for and managed Hendon in memorable FA Cup ties. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

In the latest of a series of features casting the spotlight on local football fans, David Ballheimer reveals his favourite players and his most memorable matches during his time following Hendon.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

With just a month of the season remaining, Middlesex appear better-placed to become county champions than at any time since their last title 23 years ago.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (right) could soon be lining up alongside Tottenham's Victor Wanyama (left) after Spurs made a move to sign the 23-year-old today

Mauricio Pochettino admits he would like to sign a pacy attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window as Tottenham seek to bring Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha to White Hart Lane.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is frustrated that a host of his players will be departing for international duty again after this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Laura Hirai in action for the Great Britain Under-19 team at the ESF Junior Womens European Softball Championship in Barcelona

Like most 16-year-olds, Laura Hirai’s primary concern today (Thursday) is her GCSE results. But four days after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, when the baton was passed to Tokyo and a new four-cycle began, the teenager is also dreaming about being involved in the 2020 Games.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The showroom is located in Hayes

After 25 years as a trade-only business, family-run door manufacturers Composite Door Master are set to open their first public showroom in Hayes this weekend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now