Ferdinand - Lack of respect
Anton Ferdinand believes Queens Park Rangers have been shown a lack of respect and is confident of giving Manchester City a tough test.
Last Updated: 11/05/12 6:46pm
Anton Ferdinand believes Queens Park Rangers have been shown a lack of respect this week and is confident of giving Manchester City a tough test.
QPR head to the Etihad Stadium knowing that a point is likely to be enough to avoid relegation, while City are aiming to wrap up the Premier League title.
City currently lead local rivals Manchester United on goal difference and are confidently expected to claim a first league crown since 1968.
However, Ferdinand was part of the West Ham side that defied the odds in 2007 thanks to a final-day win at Manchester United and believes the experience stands him in good stead for Sunday's match.
"There have been people showing Queens Park Rangers a distinct lack of respect this week by claiming Manchester City have virtually won the Premier League title before playing us," he told the London Evening Standard.
"Make no mistake, they will have to play well to win.
"City have to prove they can handle the pressure of their entire season coming down to one game in front of their own fans, all of whom are expecting them to deliver.
"They don't have any experience of having everything you fought for being on the line in the final 90 minutes.
"Okay, so they are going for the title and we are trying to avoid relegation but the intensity is the same.
"I've been there before. In 2007, I was part of the West Ham side that had to go to Manchester and get a result to stay in the division, on that occasion at Old Trafford.
"Carlos Tevez scored and, against the odds, we survived. That experience stays with me and it is a huge help when mentally preparing for Sunday's trip to the Etihad Stadium.
"It is a tough ask to have to go to a place like that and get a result but we did it back then and it makes you stronger as a character.
"After all, this is what footballers train for and it makes all the hard work worthwhile."
Ferdinand's brother Rio will be in the United side hoping to capitalise on a potential City slip-up and has been in touch this week to ask for help.
"I've spoken to my brother Rio and, of course, he wants us to do his United side a favour but my main concern is to get the points for QPR," the Hoops defender added.
"It is nothing to do with United. I want to do it for QPR and myself first and foremost and if it helps out my brother as well, then great.
"But QPR are the priority and to have our fate in our own hands is just what you want."