West Ham boss Curbishley demands Parker goals

West Ham United boss Alan Curbishley is demanding Scott Parker become a regular scorer out of the Hammers' midfield.

Curbishley was Parker's coach at Charlton before the midfielder secured a big-money move to Chelsea.

But in a subsequent spell at Newcastle, he became known more for his defensive qualities than his prowess in the final third.

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Now Curbishley has called on Parker to use his fine solo effort against Middlesbrough - who went ahead through David Wheater after 40 minutes before Dean Ashton thundering drive levelled the scores four minutes later - as the springboard for a productive campaign.

"I've asked Parker to be, perhaps, a bit more offensive than he was at Newcastle," the Hammers boss revealed.

"When I had him at Charlton, he could do a bit of both. At Newcastle, I feel he was a bit more responsible.

"So I've asked him he can get a bit more into the box and a pinch us a goal.

"Let's hope this is the start of something."

Curbishley's relationship with Parker was believed to have soured somewhat when he opted to leave The Valley for Stamford Bridge - a move that failed to work out for Parker - but there is now nothing but respect for the hard work the player has put in at Upton Park in the face of adversity.

"It's been such a frustrating time for Scott, getting injured in the second week of pre-season then coming back, not being quite right and going out again," said Curbishley.

"He's worked ever so hard and he fully deserves what happened (against Boro)."

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