One of the most pleasing performances last night for Newcastle fans, was that of 19 year-old Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson at left-back.
Shane Ferguson – wonderful display for Newcastle last night
The 19-year-old certainly looked nervous before the kick-off, and has admitted that to the local Evening Chronicle today, but to his credit he had an excellent game for one so young and still inexperienced.
Ferguson had a part in two of the goals that helped beat Chelsea, as it was his cross that Nile Ranger converted after 27 minutes, and the baby faced Shane also won the corner that Gutierrez expertly sent in for Ameobi to head home the sensational winner on 90 minutes.
Shane talked about the game last night:
“It’s the best experience of my life.” “I only found out on Tuesday I was starting.” “I was just so happy – it’s the best feeling ever.” And talking through his involvement in the goals he said:
And Shane was asked about his involvement in those goals:
“For the first Peter Lovenkrands made a good run, and I just picked him out. Nile Ranger was at the back post at the right time, and put it in the back of the net.”
“The second I just won the corner and we scored from it, i was a great feeling.”
It looked like Ferguson would have to be replaced near the end of the game, as he seemed to have injured his knee, following a terrible tackle from Ramires, but the crowd thought the Irishman was just wasting time.
Shane explained the situation:
“The crowd thought I was wasting time!” “He did get the ball, but he followed through as well.”
“Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad – it’s just a dead leg.” “And I was so nervous.” “The experienced lads were brilliant – it was just a fantastic day.”
“This year’s been brilliant, just being involved with the first team and training with them every day’s been a bonus.”
“The gaffer has been fantastic.” “Everyone’s so happy.” “We had plenty of chances and could have scored more, but we did the job.” “Shola was fantastic – his workrate and finishing was superb. So was everyone.”
His family were not at the game last night, but were able to watch the game highlights on TV, back in Northern Ireland:
“My family weren’t there – they watched the highlights on TV – and I got all the texts congratulating me after the game.”
In our voting for Man of the Match Shola Ameobi is in the lead with 45% of the vote and Shane is in second place with 30% of the vote and the poll is still open on our home page, if you would like to cast your vote.
This lad came of age last night, and if he keeps playing like he did last night, he’s going to have a great future in the game – and on Tyneside.