Anton's Dancing For Joy

NO one shows their delight at scoring better than Hammers defender Anton Ferdinand.

The first senior goal of his career at Watford last season was greeted with a novelty dance in front of the away fans. His second, an injury-time equaliser at White Hart Lane to snatch Hammers a point against Spurs, was destined to be met with a similar show of joy.

However, the 20-year-old Academy graduate admitted that when the moment came he was just too carried away with emotion and hampered by the celebrations of his jubilant team-mates to produce the kind of steps seen at Vicarage Road last season.

But the defender admitted that his headed goal from Paul Konchesky's corner was just as, if not more, important.

"I was just buzzing afterwards that we got a point," he confessed. "The goal was so important for us, because you could see by the reaction how much it meant to everyone that we took something from that game.

"It was an important point, because it's not easy to take something from White Hart Lane. But we showed a lot of togetherness, kept pushing right to the end and got the goal that our play probably deserved.

"For the corner I wasn't in the position I was meant to be in. To be honest, I saw Shaka storming forward in that bright yellow jersey and I thought he was going to head it when the ball came over.

"Thankfully he didn't, I saw a gap between Paul Robinson and the defender at the back post, aimed for it and fortunately it went in."

And then the celebrations, as Hammers rejoiced the goal that had sealed a draw against London rivals Spurs.

"I was do delighted I was just doing whatever came into my head," admitted Anton. "It just came to me and I started to do it. I wanted to do something to celebrate, but all the boys just surrounded me and jumped on me.

"I tried to push them off so I could do something. I wasn't really sure what it was going to be, I knew I couldn't do the same thing twice though!

"It was really good to score, especially as I had lots of friends in the crowd again. It was a terrific moment."

His vital goal aside the defender also more than played his part in a solid Hammers performance that limited the home side to sporadic attacks. However, a fierce critic of his own play, Anton was disappointed about the part he played in Spurs' goal.

"I was a bit disappointed because I was a bit too far forward and let Mido get behind me," he said. "But we really hung in there and it was a great team performance.

"At half-time the manager told us to be positive because we were matching them and although they did have some chances, we also had some good opportunities.

"We never looked out of the game, we worked incredibly hard and I don't think anyone could say we didn't deserve a goal."

That goal, the second of Anton's fledgling first-team career, also gives him the upper-hand against brother Rio, who he will face this Sunday as Hammers take on Manchester United.

Rio is yet to score this season, which puts Anton ahead in a competition of brotherly love.

"I've got a little bet going with Rio about goals this season," revealed Anton, "so I'm glad that I've pulled ahead!"