Good To See Shane Ferguson Get A Game At White Hart Lane


Shane Ferguson came on in the second half on Saturday for his 4th appearance in a Newcastle United shirt this season.

Shane Ferguson – in action on Saturday

Shane came in for the injured Jose Enrique last year, about this time,  and showed what a good young player he is.

And on Saturday he went out on the left wing, with Argentine Jonas Gutierrez moving over to the right wing, and Gabby Obertan was taken off.

Alan Pardew wanted to ensure both full backs got some help, as the Tottenham side had over-run Newcastle on the flanks, and all four first half goals had come from wing- play by Spurs.

The Northern Ireland International was glad to get a game:

“He just wanted me to come on and work hard and keep the shape, really, but hopefully I have done enough,” “It was just good to get on the pitch again and show everyone what I can do.”  

“Hopefully now I can just keep working hard in training and give the manager a headache.”  “It was good to get more minutes under my belt, but it was a disappointing result and the lads are gutted.”  

“We just have to hopefully bounce back in a couple of weeks time against Wolves.”  “All the lads are disappointed because we’ve been doing fantastically all season, and it just shows how far we’ve come.”

“Obviously, it’s going to hurt after that but we all know it’s about how well we bounce back in the next match against Wolves, and hopefully we can do the job there.”

Shane made 9 total appearances for Newcastle last season, and now has 13 appearances for Newcastle in total, and it’s time he pushed for a first team starting position, as the lad will be turning 21 in July.

It’s hard to know which position he’s best in, but we think his best position could well be out on the left wing, and he can put over a great cross and is a skillful player.

Shane did help Newcastle to steady the Newcastle ship a little on Saturday, after we were taken to the cleaners in that first half, but we only conceded the single goal in the second half,  otherwise it could even have been an embarrassing score at White Hart Lane – for us that is.

But it’s only one game, and we can get right back on track against Wolves, who fired their manager this morning, after his team let in five goals yesterday against arch rivals West Brom and looked hopeless.

But Wolves don’t have too many good players, and like Wigan Athletic, their season is a successful one,  if they avoid relegation on the last day of the season, which both clubs did last season.

In fact in their last game of the season at half time, if scores had remained the same Wolves would have been relegated, but they beat the drop by getting 40 points, one point more than both Blackpool and Birmingham.

And it could be that Birmingham could come straight back up as Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood has them surging in the Championship and they are currently 3rd top, and that’s after most of their best players have departed.

How would you like to be a fan of one of Wigan or Wolves, and it cannot be good for the health of their supporters that’s for sure – it’s hard enough following Newcastle.

But Newcastle are still 6th in the league, and we will be fighting it out with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool for 4th place come mid-May.

That cannot be bad.

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74 comments so far

  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #1

    i like fergie hes a smashing youngfella

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #2

    id also like to add he has declared for republic of ireland

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #3

    boom boom are you sure about the republic comment beacuse i have read that he has decided to stick with northern ireland!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #4

    100 per cent m8 im from the republic and fergie said he saw his future down south that was as recent as 3wks ago

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Shane ferguson is a lad who is going to cement his place at left back i have watched every reserve game that i could i have seen him in the first team not put a foot wrong for either and barring injury at the start of the season i thought he was a shoo in for the left back spot for years to come, i cant believe he has not been given more of a chance he really is a top drawer kid, santon has been hinting strongly that he likes right back and fergie should go straight in left back we will see what a class kid he is if he gets a chance of a run in the team, on saturday he came on did not give the ball away and got a few crosses in he did not get passed by any spurs players either, i have spoken to pedro about the lad at reserve games and he says the lad has no weakness he is quick puts the best ball in to the box at the club has a terrific shot and can defend and beat a player no bother he could not praise the lad high enough, , i put him behind tiote and cabaye/ba as my fav toon players, really lads he is a toon legend in the making, i have been screaming for the lad to get a decent run he is good enough now he is part of the future of NUFC and for me in my opinion he should go straight in to our starting eleven without a moments hesitation, i cant praise the lad enough.

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    boom boom its official kidda he is Northern Irish its on NUFC.COM

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  • murvar

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Congratulations Beefman13 – that’s the longest sentence I’ve ever seen.

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #8

    murvar, there is a few commas in there ha ha!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #9

    he represented nrthn ire up to under 21 level and as of yet has not represented either at full level but declared himself available for selection to gio trapatoni for euros selection until he plays for 1 he is able to choose either

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #10

    boom boom ,all speculation has ended he is representing northern ireland son, its on wikipedia as well, personally i would be gutted if i were a supporter of the republic but delighted if i supported northen ireland, he is an international for years to come. im english so that dosnt bother me either way, i tell you what he would be a future english international in the making if he was english, is that irish ha ha

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  • rich_toonfan

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Hi guys, read this blog for a while now, first post i have made. After reading a lot on here i thought i would put my two cents in.

    I agree that Fergie looks a terrific player and might well do a job but it is also a bit of a risk to throw him right in, especially against a big team where a lot of experienced wingers would tear him apart. He may be a better long term prospect than simpson (santon moving to rb fergie at lb) but simpson has that experience that hopefully he can use til the end of the season.

    In regards to Ben Arfa I think that he will be given a much more important role in the tea next year. People say he offers more than raylor (which is does offensively) but until we have a pair of solid full backs and tiote back in the team we need players that can just grind out results til the end of the season to hopefully keep us in euro places to allow us to attract the best possible players to advance the squad (if that means not playing attractive football it is fine for the rest of the season). I would like to see ben arfa given a central role like modriv has at spurs but to do this we need good wide players (pep guardiola recently said messi found it difficult through the middle when they removed wide men from the team as it allowed the opposition to play narrow and crowd him out) so hopefully if we add a strong right back and a right winger we can push on and this will give Benny the space in the middle to play good through balls for the front three. If all players were fit i would like to see this team.

    …………………………krul…………………….
    simpson……..saylor………..collo……..santon
    ……………………..tiote……………………………
    …………..cabaye………….ben arfa…………….
    marveux…………………………………….ba
    ……………………..cisse……………………….

    but with injuries jonas for marveux, williamson for saylor

    Ba scored a lot of goals in previous clubs playing a wide left who can drift in, cisse strecthing teams through the middle with his pace and pushing the defence back to allow cabaye and ben arfa the room to play the ball. The width from marveux would mean teams couldn’t focus all defence through the middle of marveux would put in some good crosses.

    Then in the summer add a replaceent for simpson (who has done a great job and i have a lot of time for, just if we want to improve from top ten side to top 6/4 we need a better fullback) and look to see if we can improve other areas with good cover as well as a non african striker as both ba and cisse in africa again next year as cup of nations changing to be played on odd year numbers.

    And to all the people described as neggers i think they have some valid points in pardew doesn’t always get things right but remember this is the biggest job he has hadd and even ferguson took a couple years at man utd to get them up to speed. He isnt a world class manager but he is still learning and hopefully some things i suggested are in his plans. AND it takes a lot more than luck to get the players to where we are in the league, he has managed them well, kept them happy and generally done well in a lot of games. People say he is lucky ba got the goals, well Ba got goals at all clubs so i say not luck but good signing by pardew, he promoted krul to number one which was a good move. (look at tope sides in prem legue recently and stand out players are forward and keeper, man utd had rooney and van der sar, chelsea had drogba and cech, city have hart nd aguero, rel madrid even have casillas and ronaldo, barca have valdes and messi, all top sides have a great keeper and a goal scoring forward who gets a good chunk of goals)

    I think we back pardew and give him a good few years to build this squad, see how far he can take us and crucially if he learns from mistakes (and i dont mean, mistake one week solution the next, i mean over months/years), you cant put a problem right over night.

    Remeber guys we have been missing some big players for large parts of the year so 6th with our squad and budget is fantastic. We have much less than teams above us and liverpool to spend so pardew and scouting team have done very well.

    Sorry for the long post just a lot to say. let me know what you all think.

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  • achtoon

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #12

    I hate it when we loose because all the morons come out to play. Patdew has got us in the nest position we have neen in for years and people want him sacked. Who would we replace him with, I hear mick mcarthy is free. The reason we have struggled in some games is its a very hard league. Evergame is tuff and we have managed to get enough points to be in a good position. Our target this year was to finish above fifth we it looks like we have done and pardews done it on a verylimited budget. Where has daglish got liverpool, where has avb got chelsea, where has wenger got arsenal? The people who are slagging pardew off must be to young to remember some of the dross management weve had. And to compare him to gullit, who spent a fortune and had shearer, is one of the most ridicules things ive heard.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #13

    if raylor is still iffy and pardew really thinks fergie is a LB (he’s not), why not play santon RB and fergie LB against wolves? Surely either he or Raylor deserve the other spot ahead of Simmo

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #14

    I was listening to talk sport a couple of weeks ago and somebody phoned in to say that shane Ferguson deserves a chance,and John Anderson quite bluntly asked why ?,from his response it didn’t sound like Ferguson had been impressing of late.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #15

    richtoon fan

    i really like your line-up but i would switch Marveaux and HBA. I think Marveaux has the ability to be that ‘number 10’ role pards was hoping HBA could do. I think HBA would flourish with both cabaye and Marveaux to play off of in the middle, and Marveaux can spot a good pass better than most and get the ball out quickly to Hatem

    just my thoughts

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Rich ,i have seen simpson who for me tries hard for us but i have always seen him as a championship player and some of his defending v fulham v norwich v spurs was not even conference level. if that is experience than i would much rather have a really good youngin playing ie santon in his place and fergie left back.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    achtoon,
    I’m with you on that one,but even still i think its best not to call other posters idiots and morons as its not very nice.

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  • beefman13

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #18

    jail for ashley, you will see why he should be playing if he gets a run in the team.

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  • Willo

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Santon to RB if Simmo won’t sign then Fergie at LB when he bulks up a bit. Without injuries we go with…

    Krul
    Santon Colo Saylor Fergie
    ____Tiote Cabaye______
    Raylor___BA___Jonas(Marv)
    _______Cisse_________

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #20

    beefman,
    I dont get to see the reserves,but the little I have seen of Ferguson makes me think that he definitely couldn’t do any worse than Jonas is playing lately,and would be the kick in the arse he needs to step up his performances.

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  • Lowesy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #21

    In my opinion, after watching the match against Spurs, Obertan should have come back and filled in for Simpson when he was dragged into the centre back position, Simpson was pulled into this position because the whole defensive line got shifted over, because Santon was caught out. Santon seems fine going forward, brilliant in fact, but he doesn’t seem to get back quick enough, and he tends to drift inwards. At least when it was R. Taylor on this side he did his defensive duty. If Santon didn’t go forward as much, we kept more of a rigid and flat backline, we wouldn’t have had as many goals scored against us, same if the wingers tracked back to help out. Spurs were good, but we were awful, our passing was shocking and our shape was off.
    Ben Arfa should have been brought on in place of Obertan and the full backs should have been told to be a bit more cautious. We needed to keep the ball and Ben Arfa could have done this with short quick passes and movement, Obertan is shockingly bad at passing. Also, Pardew not only got the tactics wrong, he didn’t make the right decisions in terms of subs, he brought of Obertan for Ferguson, Cisse for Gosling…..then, Guthrie for Lovenkrands! Why take off a striker (when we’re losing 5-0) for a defensive minded midfielder, then throw on a striker with 5 minutes to go, only thing I can think of is to give them game time, that wasn’t a game to give game time.

    Good to see Ferguson play again, would have liked to have seen him thrown in during a match of which we were dominating or something, to get him used to it again and the style of play we’re using. But, hey ho!

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  • achtoon

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry jail but it gets me really f ing annoyed and lets be honest some of the comments have been moronic. Im a newcastle fan, have been for 25 years but I dont claim to know more than proffesionals who get paids lots of money. I dont see the players everyday and I dont have the background knowledge to comment on why pardew made certain decisions he has made. I do know that every proffesional who has commented on newcastle says pardew is doing a fantastic job.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #23

    achtoon,
    Even some mackems I meet at work are saying what a good job he’s doing,in fact most people are,I’m not blind to his tactical blunders and his stubborness to keep with Obertan etc….but we’re a point from fourth ffs,have a pop at him if he ever does a Brucie not while there’s a slim chance of a champions league place.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #24

    achtoo
    The funniest comment I hear keep getting repeated is that he’s not the manager to take us further,you say that after about three seasons of stagnation not two half seasons the first one being yet another one in turmoil.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #25

    achtoon
    Typo

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #26

    @ achtoon

    Totally agree 100%. This blog is ruined now by a minority (I’d like to think) of people who think they could do a better job than an established PL manager – so they could motivate players, choose the team, tell player they aren’t in the team, handle the press, handle MA and DL, Convince MA to spend £9m, Get us within a point of CL football.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #27

    We are 1 point from CL football currently, with a decent run of games remaining and we just signed one of the best strikers around, we have the most exciting young team I have seen in many a year and Pardew isn’t the man to take us forward?

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Ive got a lovely set of coconuts.

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  • Lowesy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #29

    @ Toon Tang hahahahahahaha

    I admit, did not want Pardew when he was first appointed, turned me around, stubborn at times, but overall, I couldn’t be happier with the team at the moment. Defying all expectations and more often than not, are great to watch.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #30

    HBA has started 9 games and been a sub in 8, it’s not like Pardew has ignored him for crying out loud.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Been reading comments calling for Pardews head and flagging are great club off!!!some Newcastle fans need to take a step back,we are safe on 42 points,we have spent nothing!!we are under and above teams that have spent millions,even man city have struggled with one off there star players toure!!and they have exellent cover,300 mill comes to mind!!so toon fans come get real yes we got hammered off spurs and we have scraped results !!!but like I’ve said we have spent nothing and we hammerd the best team in the world man u,well u no what I mean!!!man u just pick there selfs up and get on with it,it’s are best squad for years and we are going great even the great clubs strugle at times!! So talk off sackings just somes up some off are supporters,we have spent nothing and we are up there,we must be doing somthing right!!!

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  • Lowesy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #32

    @darrenfletcher88

    3 things
    1: you’re name is darrenfletcher88
    2: your spelling and grammar are just wrong
    3: completely agree with you!

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  • rich_toonfan

    Feb 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Totally agree spuggy, i was just giving my opinion on what I would like to see. I think Pardew makes mistakes but he is learning, most people on here would struggle to manage a pub team never mind newcastle. People need to remember that all managers make mistakes and that we are a big team but by no means the biggest or richest in the country.

    There is much more to management than picking formation and players…..you need to set up more detailed tactics within the team and have clear plans how to deal with opposition, when to attack, when to defend, who tracks where and how far back, etc. It is harder than saying ben arfa you go play and win us the game like some people seem to think.

    As long as the players show desire and try to improve, and we look to build on the squad steadily, we can’t ask for more. Some people act like we should get mourinho in and spend £200 mil to win the league, we need to build slowly and improve year on year. Very much like spurs did, they were an average team with a couple good players (berbatov and carrick), sold them two for big money, strengthened the squad and moved up the league which meant the next set of big players (modric, bale, etc) would stay and the team would keep improving (and remember it is easier to attract players to london than the north east) so it is bound to take us time.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s funny how numerous players have come out and said Pardew is very thorough in his preparation and tells all the player what to do and that they always have a plan.

    I wonder if that could have anything to do with our league position, oh no it’s just luck isn’t it. Of course it is. How many times have we seen Manu luckily scrape a 1-0.

    The harder you work the luckier you get.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #35

    i only bring raw facts to the table Lowesy. haha

    im not a pards-basher like, i hope it all works out but its just the odd decisions he sometimes makes (from a fans point of view that is). Also, like others have already mentioned, he does seem stubborn when it comes to changing things that he has a lot of belief in in the first place. i know people like this.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Lowesy// I don’t no weather to take that in a good way or not!!!lol, do u no what I mean thou???

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  • Lowesy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Well first of all, the word weather spelt in this way, means rain and sun, etc. ‘whether’ is the spelling you’re looking for haha. yeah, I know what you mean.

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  • Lowesy

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #38

    @Toon Tang
    I hope those coconuts are all you’re bringing to the table mate

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s a toon blog pal!!! Not an English exam, so sorry my grammar isn’t up to scratch, for my username it’s my name.

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  • alip123

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #40

    If Pardew gets sacked I will stop going to matches. Mike Ashley would be incredibly stupid to sack him

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