With a game like yesterday’s, which was disappointing from a Newcastle point of view, it helps to take a look at some of the positives from the game.
Shane Ferguson – very good display yesterday – good for him
First of all goalkeeper Steve Harper kept us in the game before the first goal, and then managed to keep the score down to just 2-1, when it could have turned out even worse given the chances Everton missed in the second half.
And when Enrique came off, we thought it was a bit bad that Alan Pardew kept Shane Ferguson on the bench, after he had warmed up, but to be fair to Alan he did get him on the pitch in the second half, and Shane played like he has before for the first team – very well indeed.
It’s always dangerous with youngsters in an important game, because they obviously tend to make mistakes as they learn their trade, but on the other hand you have to give them their chance – so it’s always a difficult decision.
And we noticed Alan Pardew spent an inordinate amount of time talking to Shane on the sidelines, before he came on, and the 19 year-old, who looks 14 at best, did a very good job for the side – this lad is a very good player.
Maybe he’s a bit frail to be a left back and could become a very good winger, although we’re sure Newcastle will build the lad up a bit physically.
Alan Pardew had praised Ferguson last week, before he even played yesterday, and Shane has impressed the manager with yesterday’s performance, as Alan said today:
“I am actually buoyed by Fergie’s performance when he came on, he added a little bit to us and perhaps when Enrique came off, I could have changed and brought him in,”
“It was only his youth and the fact that he hasn’t got any experience in a game like that which held me back.”
“But he has got talent and he showed that when he came on, so I am genuinely pleased with the squad players who performed today.”
Alan will know better next time and if Jose Enrique is not fit to play against Stoke, we wonder if Shane will get a start or whether the manager will play the experienced Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor in the full back positions.
It was a heartening display from the Northern Ireland International yesterday, in his 4th appearance for the club and his second in the league.