Wayne: No Hard Feelings

Wayne Quinn says he was the first to congratulate Jon Harley for his goal at Sheffield United on his debut - even though he had taken his place at left back.

"I was disappointed not to be involved at Sheffield but it is a team game and the manager has brought someone in, which is fair enough and good competition - which is what you need, especially if you are going to get back in the Premiership," he says.

"Jon scored a great goal at Sheffield and I am not the type of guy to be jealous; I was the first to say 'well done' to him, the gaffer makes his choices and that is the way it is.

"But I was happy to get on at Wolves, and I am not a spiteful person - I wished Jon good luck when he came, we get on well, and there are no hard feelings from my point of view.

"I don't look on it as a blip, it is just one of those things; at the start of the season I was picking my wages up at Newcastle and I wasn't really doing a lot then Trevor Brooking brought me in and I have played about 26 games on the spin or something, so I have to be grateful for that.

"You need to fight for your place at a football club, you can't just have it easy."

Wayne came on at right back against Wolves when Anton Ferdinand went off injured, and he says:

"It was the first time I have ever played at right back, but the gaffer said 'get ready to come on at right back' and I said 'what, me?' and pulled a face.

"But I was happy to get on and I think the lads did extremely well in the first half when we battered them, though we did give away a sloppy goal, but never mind.

"Especially on that performance it showed that the Premiership is where we belong.

"We could have scored four or five in the first half but the three goals were good.

"They are a quality side and were always going to have chances with them being at home; I thought the lads did terrifically well.

"There were a lot of fans with us and I think they outsang the Wolves fans, so they did their part."

Wayne is happy that the Hammers are through to the fifth round after his own goal gave the team a scare in the third round at Wigan to reduce West Ham's lead and he says:

"The pitch was bad as the other lads would tell you and I didn't really see much of the ball, to be honest.

"The ball has come in and in 100 times I probably wouldn't do that again; it took a skid but no player would do that intentionally.

"Even with the own goal we still got through."

As for the competition, Wayne says:

"The lads are fighting for their places and you need that all over; a couple of midfielders have been brought in from Wimbledon and it means everyone has to buck up and try harder.

"I am at a great club with a great set of lads who do a lot for each other and there is a lot of camaraderie now - the lads get on really well together and it is nice to be a part of it.

"I'd rather be here than at Newcastle."

Regarding the arrival of Peter Grant, he says:

"He is loud and he seems like he is confident and assured and knows what he wants from his players; he has earned respect straight away and people take on board what he says.

"I didn't know much about him until he came but from what I have seen he is a genuine, nice man and I am sure he will be a pleasure to work with."

As for the recent sparring sessions in training, Wayne says:

"The lads got in there and got amongst it; you thought it might be an easy day but it turned out to be one of the hardest days and it was good.

"I couldn't be a boxer and go what they go through, though."