Scott Parker pleased with first point of the season

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Goalscoring hero Scott Parker described West Ham United's first point of the season as a platform to build on.

The Hammers ended a run of four straight defeats with Saturday's 1-1 draw against Stoke City.

Parker had put the visitors ahead in the first half at the Britannia Stadium before Kenwyne Jones equalised for the Potters.

"It is a platform for us to build on," said Parker."We have got off to a bad start and come here low in confidence.

"We can leave high in confidence and take a lot of positives. We look forward to Tottenham next Saturday.

"We controlled the game in the first half and probably deservedly went one-nil up. In the second half, we knew they were going to come at us, which they did.

"We can take huge positives out of today. We have come here, they have put us under immense pressure and we have defended really well. We have got a point and it is much needed."

Meanwhile, Parker denied suggestions that the absence of manager Avram Grant had upset their preparations for the trip to the Potters.

The Israeli manager was absent from the dugout due to a clash with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

"It is always going to be difficult when the manager is not there," explained Parker.

"We all understand the circumstances. That is football. We have just got on with it and got the result which is good."

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