Scott Parker believes having players with the ability to change games with a moment of magic is a huge factor as we continue our outstanding run in the Premier League.
Saturday’s 3-1 win against Bolton made it a record six-successive wins in the Premier League and stretched our current sequence to 10 wins and a draw in our last 11 matches in the Premier League, equalling our best from 1995.
Aaron Lennon underlined Scott’s theory with a fine strike for the key second goal against Bolton on Saturday and recent examples include Jermain Defoe’s goal at West Brom, Rafa van der Vaart’s winner at Blackburn or even Brad Friedel’s late save at Fulham.
“We’ve got players in the team who have the ability to step up and produce that little piece of magic that can make all the difference,” said Scott, who enjoyed another fine game in midfield.
“At any moment in any game we have players who can score goals or change a game and that’s brilliant to have.
“We’ve a number of match winners in a very strong squad and confidence is high.”
Scott agreed that the second goal was vital against Bolton, even though we dominated throughout.
We led early via Gareth Bale, then Bolton lost Gary Cahill to a red card but we were denied time after time by Jussi Jaaskelainen with the score at 1-0.
It stayed that way until half-time and Aaron eventually got the better of the visiting goalkeeper five minutes into the second half. Jermain Defoe added the third on the hour.
“When you are out there, at 1-0, it’s very tricky,” said Scott.
"They have players who can cause a few problems in the air from set-plays, so it was key to get the second goal."