Belfast Telegraph

Parker won't look down

Scott Parker is hoping to keep Tottenham amongst the title contenders against Manchester City on Sunday.

The 31-year-old joined Spurs in the summer from relegated West Ham and has quickly become the fulcrum of the side, helping them to them third in the Barclays Premier League. Tottenham's form this campaign has seen them considered potential title challengers, although they lie five points behind leaders Manchester City.

The north Londoners could fall further behind should they lose to Roberto Mancini's side this weekend, but Parker is quietly confident of success, telling TalkSport: "We all realise at Spurs that this is a tough league, but we have got a good squad and we need to maintain our form to hopefully stay where we are come the end of the season - or in amongst it."

He added: "Obviously last season [with West Ham] was very disappointing. We were involved in a relegation so it was quite difficult, even though we played some good stuff.

"I was involved in that so it was quite disappointing. But coming to Spurs now and being where we are in the league and doing as well as we are things are very good.

"It is a very big game for us. It's a big game for Manchester City and I suppose in the Premier League every game is big. Sunday is certainly going to be that."

Parker is expected to start at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and insists he is fully fit after recently missing three games with a knee injury.

"Obviously when you are not playing and not out there its quite difficult," he said.

"I'm not the greatest of watchers, but I'm pleased to be back and playing and I'm looking to now stay fit and carry on for the rest of the campaign.

"We've got a full week's training ahead of us and touch wood everything is fine."

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