Anton's Rally Cry

Anton Ferdinand says West Ham have to hit back at Crewe on Saturday after Sunday's defeat by Wigan - and is determined to help the team do so.

"We didn't play well at all and lost the game in the first half, basically," he says.

"In the second half I thought we did a bit better but it was nowhere near enough.

"We have got to bounce back; I know everyone says that but we have got to go out there and show we should be beating teams.

"They are a good side but we shouldn't be getting beaten at home."

Anton, who made his debut for England U21s against Ukraine on Tuesday - Nigel Reo-Coker was a second half substitute in a 3-1 win - is mature enough to acknowledge that adverse crowd reaction towards a side when they are not doing well is to be expected, and adds:

"I didn't notice because I was playing the game but if that was the case it was because they weren't seeing what they wanted to see - they are paying good money.

"On the day Wigan worked harder than us, which shouldn't happen - and we have got to make sure we put that right.

"We have got to stick together and show we are a tight unit.

"The Wigan game is gone and we have to look forward to the next game and make sure we get the three points on Saturday; it is only three games in and there are loads more to come."