Pardew So Pleased With Shane Ferguson Display

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Boy done good!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Ferguson had a good game and what I found refreshing was there was none of that David Platt notebook and tactic stuff. Just Pardew on the sideline with his arm around the lads shoulder pointing to this part and that part of the pitch. I’m sure when Platt is finished the players are confused and lost when they go on.

  • balubas1

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Its wasnt a good display. It is positive that he gets a runout and he did OK. No big blunders, but he didnt play exceptionally well.. We just say that since he is young and needs the encouragement. I can see him developing in to a decent player though..

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    If we can Bring Him On He will save us £5 Million as he has a Good Footballing Brain. A Pal of mine is Good mates With Michael Owens Dad and the Welsh Under 21 Manager – They were at the wales v Ireland Game etc and This Young Lad Ferguson over ran the wales squad Raged. His only downfall is he is Small and looks 14 years young but the good thing is if he can Learn from The Likes Of Nolan Joey Barton Steve Harper and Coloccini etc he will turn out to be Brilliant. Keegan wasn’t that big – he was told at Doncaster he wouldn’t get anywere because of his size and see were he ended up.


    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    fair play to him. didnt notice him at all though. cant believe how young he looks, makes me feel like a old man.

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Shane Ferguson can’t be that much smaller than Leighton Baines and yet he helped do a number on us yesterday.

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    According to Wiki, Shane is 5’8″ and Baines is 5’7″.

    So there.

  • technonasty

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I think with Ferguson they are referring more to his build and therefore core strength rather than his height. So that he doesn’t get nudged off the ball. The physios will work with him. Milner started off a similar build and managed to bulk up. Ferguson looks a real prospect.

  • So-Cal Toon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    I feel he looked bright and seemed to have a good sense of space. The interplay with Jonas was spotty as one could expect. Perhaps if Shane brushes up on his Spanish this could improve.

  • GeordieJordy

    Mar 6, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Pissed off with match of the day’s coverage of Newcastle’s games of late, Always on last and they never f*****g talk about it afterwards, also they didn’t include anything of Ferguson when he came on, Which i deserved

  • chuck

    Mar 7, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah he does look like a fourteen year old and is slightly built, then his fellow Norn Iron ace Georgie best was`nt exactly a big guy either.
    As long as he has the talent and ability to use it, but there`s no need to rush the lad at this stage.
    Only shows the weakness of our bench, if there`s no one but him to fill in on defense.


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