The winning Hull goal on Saturday came when Rio Ferdinand let slip the man nearest to him and James Chester scored from a corner.
However, team-mate Joey Barton reckons the former Manchester United legend has been ‘awesome’ since he joined save for the goal and his initiation song.
New boys are required to stand up and do a turn, but Barton and co are demanding the board make Ferdinand do his again on a ‘technicality.’
“It was a really bad rap song, and he kind of talked it,” said the midfielder.
“There were a few of us trying to get him to do it again on a technicality because he hadn’t really sung, but he wouldn’t have it. We’re awaiting for a final verdict from boardroom level,” he joked.
But Barton was in truth all praise for the player nurtured through the West Ham academy squad by Rs boss Harry Redknapp from the age of 14 when both were at Upton Park.
“He’s bought into what we’re about,” said the new team captain, “and although Rio’s lost his man (against Hull) he was magnificent as a sweeper, and after Man U lost to Swansea, I told him van Gaal might be back on the phone for him, even if he was a bit of a scapegoat for United last year.”