Anton's Brotherly Love

Anton Ferdinand is delighted that brother Rio came to see him play at Wolves on Sunday - even if he did give him a bit of stick afterwards!

Rio, who of course is now banned from playing pending an appeal, chose Molineux for his Sunday afternoon viewing pleasure rather than his Manchester United team mates at Northampton, and Anton was boosted by his brother's presence.

"That gets me buzzing, to see him watching me, because I have watched him for so many years so it was nice for him to repay the favour," he says.

"He came to the changing room and was saying 'you've got to do this, and you've got to do that' straightaway, which was good for me."

For all Anton's delight that Rio watched him, he has mixed feelings about whether he wants it to be too regular an occurrence, indicating as it would that the outcome of an appeal would not have been successful.

"I hope he will be able to come to a few more games though hopefully when the appeal goes through his ban will get cut down.

"That is definitely what the whole family wants and fingers crossed it will happen, but in the mean time he will come when he can.

"West Ham fans love him and he loves the West Ham fans - and that is the way it is always going to be."

Anton came off injured at Wolves after receiving a clattering or two, but he shrugs:

"The injury is not too bad, I just got up and got on with it, and a bit of rest will make it better.

"It was a great result for the club and the fans and I am learning every day so hopefully I can stay in the team - and hopefully we can keep winning.

"We have gone to a Premiership side, even though we should be a Premiership side ourselves, and played well, scoring three away from home again and keeping the lead which was even better.

"The gaffer put it across at half time that we must learn from our mistakes - and we did."

Anton is enjoying working with new coach Peter Grant, and adds:

"He is good, but no disrespect to Paul Goddard as well who was very good; they are both different and it is a new beginning, and it looks like he will do well for us."

Anton can't wait to see Nigel Reo-Coker and Adam Nowland, who were cuptied on Sunday, playing, and he adds:

"I have known Nigel outside of football - he is a great lad and him and Adam are two quality, quality players that can only add to the squad which can only get better.

"All the players, such as Tomas Repka and Christian Dailly, are passing on their knowledge to me which is a good thing and hopefully I can just keep learning.

"I am always going to learn from my mistakes and if I don't make too many mistakes in a game that will mean I am learning - hopefully I can keep going and stay in the team next week."

He is delighted that Steve Bywater is getting a run in the team - and that he saved the penalty he gave away at Bramall Lane recently!

"He saved my back twice and I appreciate him for that; he is on a high, buzzing, and is playing well," says Anton.

"He is such a nice lad and he gets on with everyone; I am just pleased we are both in the side - and hopefully we can both stay there."