Anton pleased to keep it clean

For Anton Ferdinand, Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland signalled more than just another impressive three points and a sixth successive victory.

It also marked our first clean sheet in almost three months, when West Bromwich Albion were on the end of a 1-0 defeat at Upton Park back on November 5, and the Hammers defender was delighted with the shut-out against Mick McCarthy's men.

"It was about time we kept a clean sheet," he said. "We've been a bit unlucky recently to have conceded goals when we've been generally defending well, and we'd let in four in the previous two matches, so it was nice to keep Sunderland out.

"As a defender, it is your job to stop the opposition scoring goals, and it is great to come off the pitch knowing you've done that.

"People may say that Sunderland didn't offer much in attack, but they made it hard for us and, in a way, it was even harder when they had a man sent off, because they defended with everyone behind the ball and just tried to stop us playing.

"We were patient, though, and gave a professional performance that paid off in the end. It was another great win and everyone is full of confidence at the moment."

With another home game up next in the Premiership, against struggling Birmingham City in front of the live Sky TV cameras on Monday night, Anton admits the Hammers will be going all out to make it seven wins a row, but warns that there will be no hint of complacency from Alan Pardew's team.

"There's nothing better than playing under the lights at Upton Park, and we'll going out against Birmingham on Monday to do another professional job and get the three points," he says.

"We've got high expectations of ourselves, and we go out on the pitch for every game believing that we can win it."

"However, we also know that we've got to keep working hard, not get ahead of ourselves, and hopefully the good run will continue."