Ferdinand believes the own-goal will make him even stronger.
“It’s been a tough two weeks,” he told the Northern Echo.
“I was left out of the team last week and could have sulked, but I didn’t. I showed what type of a person I am and got on with it.
“People were looking at me to see how I would react, and I think I reacted in the right way. I showed everyone I do want a future at this club.
“I came off the bench last week and did okay, and thankfully the gaffer put me back in for a big game. I thank him for that, and I’d like to think I took my chance with both hands which is what I wanted to do.
“What happened in the final minutes will just make me even more determined to show what type of character I am.”