Parker is one booking away

WEST HAM midfielder Scott Parker reached nine bookings on Saturday, leaving him just one yellow card away from a two-game ban. The 29-year-old England international may be in the form of his life for the Hammers this season, but he is now walking a fine l

WEST HAM midfielder Scott Parker reached nine bookings on Saturday, leaving him just one yellow card away from a two-game ban.

The 29-year-old England international may be in the form of his life for the Hammers this season, but he is now walking a fine line towards a possible suspension that West Ham could really do without.

Parker was booked for a late tackle on Hull's Egyptian striker Amr Zaki, and boss Gianfranco Zola chose to leave him out of the starting line-up for Old Trafford on Tueday night.

Despite that, Zola was still delighted with his contribution, as well as that of midfield partner Radoslav Kovac.


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"Scott is one of my key players," said Zola. "Today he was really good, but I must say that Kovac right now has been massive.

"He is working so hard and he is also helping Scotty's game because he can be released a little bit more to go forward."

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Parker's recent form has been international-class, but Zola feels that he is unlikely to get a call-up anytime soon.

"I think he is a little unlucky because in that position he has got so many competitors, very good ones," he said.

"Plus I believe Fabio Capello is going to go for players he knows.

"But you never know what will happen, as long as he can play at this level, anything can happen.

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