The only positive thing coming out of the 4-0 thrashing at Stoke City, was the very promising performance of 19 year-old Irishman Shane Ferguson.
Baby-faced Shane Ferguson – what what talent!!
And Shane has come out today and said his two appearances in the last two Newcastle matches, have only made him more determined than ever, to get more playing time for the Magpies this season.
If Jose Enrique is not absolutely 100% fit – the club probably needs to make that he’s 120% fit just to make sure – then it’s almost a certainty that Alan Pardew will put his faith in this talented lad for the Wolves game, and he will certainly not let the side down, that’s for sure.
The Northern Ireland International talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I know I can do that and it is something in my locker.” “I will get up and support the midfield all the time. My aim is to get in as many crosses and shots as I can.”
“We’ll be training hard from now on in until the Wolves match and hopefully we’ll get the win we need.” “Hopefully I will be involved, and if I get the nod, I’m ready.”
And Shane had a vintage George Best type run (or should that be Lionel Messi these days) along the bye-line, where he beat three Stoke defenders, before turning outside, and then hit a right foot shot straight at the goalkeeper – it would have been a fabulous goal.
Shane talked about that run:
“It just opened up for me.” “The first man came at me, I didn’t see him until later, and then skipped past him and another man.” “The next thing the goal was right in front of me and I just couldn’t catch it properly.” “I will take my chance next time.”
“Everybody was disappointed because of the sloppy goals we conceded.” “They just took their chances whenever they got them.” “We had a lot of possession but didn’t take our chances. We were just unlucky.” “It’s wasn’t the best atmosphere in there.”
“But we have to pick ourselves up and keep going in the final eight games.”
It could be touch and go whether Jose will make it for the next game, and last the whole game too, although at the moment it looks like the Spaniard should be fit for Wolves, according to Alan Pardew.
But if he’s not, or if Jose’s hamstring tightens up during the game, Shane will find himself with another appearance for the Magpies this season.
“We’ll just have to see.” “I was always ready because I knew that Jose was coming back from injury.”
“But I knew he could be struggling, and after 20 minutes I got my chance.” “If I get another one, I’ll take it.”
For the record Shane has 5 appearances for the Magpies so far and …..no goals although he did go close last Saturday.