Parker plans derby strategy
Scott Parker is preparing for his 72nd London derby and so is well aware of what will be required of Tottenham against QPR.
Last Updated: 28/10/11 4:58pm
Scott Parker is preparing for his 72nd London derby and so is well aware of what will be required of Tottenham in their match with Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane.
The former Charlton and West Ham midfielder is aware Neil Warnock's side will prove a formidable opponent after they defeated another of his former clubs, Chelsea, in an ugly game last weekend.
Parker, whose derbies include meetings between West Ham and Millwall, is expecting a typically feisty atmosphere in his latest clash on Sunday.
But the England international also knows dealing with the hype will be crucial if Tottenham are to record a 17th successive unbeaten home league game against a capital neighbour.
Having watched QPR be taken over by Tony Fernandes, Parker told the Evening Standard: "A lot has happened there in a very short space of time and they are coming off the back of a very good result against Chelsea, so it is going to be a difficult game for us.
"Their win over Chelsea was a London derby and that carries extra hype and has a massive effect on players and the way you approach the game.
"Every game is different - there are games that are physical and those that aren't, but when you go out as a player you have to adapt to whatever way the game is.
"You can't get involved in ill-discipline. You just have to find a way to win the game."