Reading defender looks ahead to Friday's clashRoyals centre-back Anton Ferdinand is relishing a tough test against Ipswich on Friday evening and knows the importance of the team getting a first home win of the season under their belts.
“Ipswich will be a hard game just like every game in the Championship. Every team in the league has their own style and are difficult to play against and Ipswich are no different,” said Ferdinand.
“We know they have some very good players and are a very good team but we’re at home and we’ve got to win our home games. I think if we play the way we have done, especially with the new lads that have come in over the international break we’ve got a great chance of pushing on and making sure we do well.”
Ferdinand will be playing a former team mate in Freddie Sears on Friday evening, who has scored three times already this season for the Tractor Boys, so the defender knows he will have to be alert to stop the potent attacking threat Ipswich pose.
“Freddie Sears is a very good player, we both came through the Academy at West Ham and I played in the game when he scored his first ever goal. He’s not just a great player but a great lad and someone I’ve known for a very long time so I look forward to seeing him and playing against him. They’ve also got Brett Pitman who had a fantastic season last year and is a threat so we’re going to have to be on our toes.”
The 30-year-old has enjoyed his return to action for the Royals so far this season and has put in some impressive displays in the Reading back line, but feels that the team ethic could make this season a success.
“It’s been a fantastic feeling getting involved in the action again, it’s been a hard couple of years for me especially last year at Reading with injury and then the year before that as well, not playing because of politics elsewhere, but to come back this year and play six of the first seven has been fantastic for me,” said the defender.
Ferdinand has been savouring the feeling of playing at Madejski Stadium and has enjoyed showing the fans what he can do in a Royals shirt, but feels he still has more to offer.
“It’s good to be playing in front of thousands of people again and after only showing them 45 minutes of me last season here at the Madejski it’s been nice to be able to show them the real me. I think there’s still more to come from me and I feel I need a few more games to get back to what I know I can be. At the moment though I’m just enjoying playing football again, that got taken away from me last season through injury and I’m just enjoying it, but I’m here to do well and do well for the team not for myself.”