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.