Parker happy to be part of Oxford United squad

Josh Parker (right) is keen to play a role in Oxford United's run-in, whether as a starter or by coming off the bench

Josh Parker (right) is keen to play a role in Oxford United's run-in, whether as a starter or by coming off the bench

First published in Sport Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

JOSH Parker wants to contribute to Oxford United any way he can in the final weeks of the season after making his first start last weekend.

The 22-year-old replaced Alfie Potter on the right flank and impressed in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle.

Parker has had to be patient for a chance since joining in December, making only six appearances from the bench in eight weeks.

U’s boss Chris Wilder admitted after the game he had been considering playing the former Oldham forward even before Potter was struck down by an illness following decent displays as a substitute.

Potter, who has had little competition for his shirt this season, is expected to have recovered in time for tomorrow’s game against York City, which could see Parker relegated to the bench once more.

The Antigua & Barbuda international is keen to hang on to a place in the XI after completing 90 minutes at Home Park, but his focus is on helping the side in whichever way Wilder sees fit.

He said: “Hopefully I can keep my place, but if not I’ve just got to keep working hard.

“I just want to be a part of it, even if it means coming off the bench.

“All you want is to play football, whether that means playing ten minutes or 90 minutes I’ve just got to do well.”

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Parker was pleased with his display at Plymouth after being called into the team at short notice.

He said: “I had Damian (Batt) behind me giving good information, Jake (Wright) was constantly saying well done.

“It really helps when people are giving you positive criticism or positive feedback.”

The versatile forward, who played in the Championship for QPR, says he has been struck by the positive mood in the squad.

He said: “I’ve been here a short amount of time, but I’ve been made to feel very welcome by the players.

“It’s helped me settle in quickly, I feel like I’ve been here for years because all the players have been good to me, they’ve been telling me what I can improve on.

“I’m still young, so I just look to learn from players like Beano (James Constable) and Tommy (Craddock). Every training session they’ve helped me since I’ve come in.”

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11:37am Fri 22 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Of course Josh Parker is happy to be in the squad, he's getting paid under false pretenses, he is supposed to be a footballer but as yet he has NEVER scored a goal in his league games anywhere.

Wilder, Melville and Lewis out.
Of course Josh Parker is happy to be in the squad, he's getting paid under false pretenses, he is supposed to be a footballer but as yet he has NEVER scored a goal in his league games anywhere. Wilder, Melville and Lewis out. BigAlBiker
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1:16pm Fri 22 Feb 13

GRB says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Of course Josh Parker is happy to be in the squad, he's getting paid under false pretenses, he is supposed to be a footballer but as yet he has NEVER scored a goal in his league games anywhere.

Wilder, Melville and Lewis out.
Great comment. Bright chap!
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Of course Josh Parker is happy to be in the squad, he's getting paid under false pretenses, he is supposed to be a footballer but as yet he has NEVER scored a goal in his league games anywhere. Wilder, Melville and Lewis out.[/p][/quote]Great comment. Bright chap! GRB
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9:32pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Eraser says...

Nice to know his team mates tell him what to improve on - says it all about the coaching staff.......
Nice to know his team mates tell him what to improve on - says it all about the coaching staff....... Eraser
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7:32am Sat 23 Feb 13

The Black Prince was off-side says...

Over 40 games for Parker and no goals to show for it! However when you look at that record analytically the vast majority have been brief starts or injuries. Actually I have been quite impressed on his last two outings and if he is given a start today then I'm going to put a couple of quid on him to score the first goal. Fully agree about the comments on the coaching staff. There is a pattern here of players referring to other team members and no mention of their totally uninspiring 'leaders'.
Over 40 games for Parker and no goals to show for it! However when you look at that record analytically the vast majority have been brief starts or injuries. Actually I have been quite impressed on his last two outings and if he is given a start today then I'm going to put a couple of quid on him to score the first goal. Fully agree about the comments on the coaching staff. There is a pattern here of players referring to other team members and no mention of their totally uninspiring 'leaders'. The Black Prince was off-side
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