Sunday Mirror


- Sports · Nigeria

test of one’s men­tal state, es­pe­cially as a for­ward who is used to scor­ing.

“While he has all the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of scor­ing goals here, at the same time, things can dent that.

“He needs to have some clear non­nego­tiables in his game and a clear iden­tity in terms of what he brings to a foot­ball match ev­ery sin­gle week.

“Ex­pec­ta­tion on him and on what he puts on him­self can’t be just goals. He needs to bring a work ethic ev­ery day in train­ing, he needs to bring a work ethic on the pitch ev­ery sin­gle day.

“Peo­ple say you earn your luck and that’s ex­actly what hap­pens. Of course, he is at this mo­ment had a cou­ple of qui­eter games.

“But there will be a lot more times this sea­son where he’ll have two or three quiet games.

“You need to keep stick­ing to what gets you out of th­ese mo­ments – and what gets you out of them is hard work. That’s ex­actly what he’ll do.”

Parker has or­dered his men to learn from the mis­takes that keep cost­ing them — and fast — if they are go­ing to fi­nally find a first Premier League win of the sea­son at the sev­enth at­tempt. And he has told them to fo­cus on fin­ish­ing top… of the bot­tom four.

He added: “This year our league is our mini-league and at this mo­ment, we are two points off be­ing top of our mini-league.

“Fourth from bot­tom m this year for us is go­ing ng to be a huge suc­cess and that’s our aim.

“At this present mo­ment, we need to be com­fort­able be­ing in and around this po­si­tion be­cause that’s where we are.”

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