Parker Shows No Mercy as He Bites Hand That Fed Him

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Parker Shows No Mercy as He Bites Hand That Fed Him


Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY

HAD Jose Mourinho taken a shine to him, Scott Parker could have been strutting his stuff down the King's Road last night in the most glamorous fixture of the season to date.

Instead, the former Chelsea man, who barely figured in the Special One's affections, was highlighting why the Geordie public have taken him to their hearts.

In his first game against Charlton since his acrimonious departure two years ago, Parker was as proficient and industrious as fans remember him at The Valley, shoring up the creaking Newcastle midfield effectively enough to pick up a well-merited man-of-the-match award.

The irony won't have been lost on Charlton supporters, though, that Parker left them to further his ambitions - and 25 months later he is plying his trade in a team one place and one point below the club that groomed him into one of the Premiership's most influential central midfielders.

His former Charlton colleague Luke Young said: "It felt strange playing against Scott. He was a massive player for us. He is doing well at Newcastle but no one is surprised by that. He's a top player."

In truth, on a freezing north-east night, Parker had few rivals as the outstanding performer in a low-profile encounter which did little to raise the temperature.

The goalless stalemate ultimately satisfied both sides. Injury-hit Newcastle, missing Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Kieron Dyer through injury, extended their unbeaten run under caretaker-manager Glenn Roeder to four matches, while Charlton went some way to unburdening the monkey of their abysmal recent away form.

They had lost six out of seven league games on their travels going into last night's game and manager Alan Curbishley admitted he was relieved to hang on for a draw. …

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