Nobody needed to tell West Ham's finest player just how significant a match he and his colleagues face when he drove into the club's Chadwell Heath training ground yesterday.
'It's massive,' he said. 'Probably the biggest game of the season.
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'Every home game we have between now and the end of the season is one we can win and we'll probably be saying the same thing before each one. But we've had four defeats in a row and we need to turn things around - and fast.'
It is a potentially desperate situation. Maybe not quite what David Sullivan has compared to 'Armageddon'. But serious enough for Parker to feel a deep sense of responsibility. Serious enough for him to fear for the impact that failure to remain in the Barclays Premier League would have.
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