This Youngster Looked Solid Against Red Devils


We always wondered why Shane Ferguson took so long to get back playing in the Newcastle first team again, after looking so good about 18 months ago when he made  a few outstanding appearances at left back, although he’s had quite a few injuries over the last year or so.

Shane Ferguson tackles Shinji Kagawa on Sunday

But Shane had a pretty sold game on Sunday, in what must have been a difficult game for him, but he came through well and looked solid enough at left back, and Davide Santon looked good at right back, and the Italian can play either side – that seems no problem at all for the lad.

This is what Shane (my favorite film) told the local Newcastle press today:

“You just want to be able to show what you can do, and thankfully I’m getting that chance through the manager.” “It was even better for me that Michael O’Neill has been in the stands at St James’ Park in the last two games.”

“I spoke to him before the game against Bordeaux and it was great to see him there.” “Now I just want to push on and keep showing what I can do.”

And Shane could well be marking Ronaldo when Northern Ireland take on Portugal in Porto over the International break, so we’ll see how he does against one of the world’s top players.

And to think back in 2002 Bobby Robson was interested in signing Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon, just after we had signed his compatriot Hugo Viana from Sporting.

Shane opted to play for Northern Ireland rather than Ireland, but Ireland are ranked number 28 in the FIFA rankings compared to Northern Ireland’s 117 ranking, so he would have had a better chance of playing World Cup football with Ireland.

England are currently ranked number 5 and Portugal number 3.

It looks like Shane has a chance , a very slight chance,  of playing in the World Cup like  Newcastle’s Tommy Cassidy did, when he played in the 1982 World Cup finals for Northern Ireland.

Shane continued:

“Something like that would be a dream. But being back on the international scene is brilliant.” “Scoring against Finland gave me confidence.”

“It was an unbelievable feeling because it came in front of my family at Windsor Park.” “It’s something I’ll always be proud of.”

But is seems Shane is now a regular starter for Northern Ireland, and it should be a great experience for him in Porto, especially if Ronaldo is the one he will be marking.

Best of luck Shane.

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86 comments so far

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we moved, still seems a bit dead though Jesper.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza… thanks mate (seems you are not broken after all :)) lol

    …I am still waiting for the silver supremo to play Fergy on the left attack in a 4-3-3 (with Ba and Benny next to him) 🙂

    Will he ever hear my prayer???

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Wizard…and thanks to you to ;D (it’s because I killed it)

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Jesper – contrary to popular belief, Pardew doesn’t read this blog to get the views of Kets.
    However, he does read his prayer inbox about once a month. He should be playing on the left of a 433 in November?
    Oh, wait, you did sacrifice a newborn cow didn’t you? He does nothing without that.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    ” We dare you to mean a single word you say
    Feel free if you’ve time to try and change our minds
    You might wanna duck before you lose your head
    It seems we’re the ones who’s got the guts to bleed
    It’s not number one who will come out alive
    It’s the freak in the corner with his eyes on fire
    Let’s kill the blog before it kills us all”

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    You people are messing with my emotions. Am I broken or not?

    On topic. Fergie looks decent. I’m not sure he’s ready to be a weekly starter, but certainly should be introduced a fair bit this season.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Wizard…if Ibiza is still broken do you think we could sacrifice him or something? …i am just saying 😀 lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks for not going Lionel on me….that may well have pushed me over the edge. Cooper Temple Clause I can manage 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza…I’ll try not to go “Lionel on you”, but I need to keep Ed happy as well (you know how he likes Lionel Richie ;))

    Who doesn’t dig “the Cooper Temple Clause” hands up? 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    …Why did they call it quits anyway???

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  • Lynxie

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Morning chaps. I personally thought fergie got a bit of a chasing in the first half onSunday, but was far better second half. (That could be said for many on the team however). Man utd got round the back of him on a number of occasions and they actually appeared to have targetted him, with players overloading that side regularly. one or two really good chances were created down that flank. It will do the youngter ain good stead though, its a learning curve, and he has the ability to improve and be top class in my opinion. On a related matter, I am not losing any sleep over Goslings latest mishap, I was at Goodison the other week, talking to long time Evertonians, and none of them were remotely bothered when they lost him to NUFC, styating that he was massively overrated. I am beginning to see thier point……..
    Also feel a little sorry for Vuckic. this lad has talent and is a good finisher, but it seems he is fated not to do well at the Toon, he is just soooo unlucky with injuries, just when he is on the verge of a breakthrough…

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper….Who? What?

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza…didn’t Blackpool say they wanted a shit load of money for Tom Inch since Liverpool keep paying way over the odds for British talent???

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Is it bothering anyone else that Pardew is sticking with Ba & Cisse upfront as a pairing ? . Towards the back end of last season we played some of the best stuff I have seen in a long time in the 4-3-3 system and won 7 on the spin with Cisse scoring every game with Ba still getting chances and just a bit unlucky IMO. Plus Cabaye was flourishing with the passing style and Ben Arfa’s link up play with the Demba’s was sublime. I can guarentee you that the reason Pardew hesitates to play 4-3-3 is because he promised Ba that he would be in a more central role this season so he would not leave the club but he didn’t bank on the 4-4-2 being ineffective. Its time for Pards to grow a pair and stick Ba out on the left and give Demba the ultimatum that if you want to play every game you have to play slightly on the left and rotate with Cisse so it is fair.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #16

    I believe they did. I can imagine they will get decent money for him, certainly a fair bit of hype about the lad.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza…CTC

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  • rainrix

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Wow a total of 5 people have contributed to this topic. We need more diversity dammit!

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    BPC – 433 only works when all of our players are in form. Our defence is more vulnerable so they need to be in form. Our midfield needs to be more creative so they need to be in form. Our front 3 need to put away most opportunities so they need to be in form. Play 433 with the form we’ve had so far then we would have been torn to pieces.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Rainrix…but see how much we contribute 🙂 lol

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #21

    @ Lynxie

    I totally agree m8. And that’s not Fergie’s fault because he is not a fullback. It was the same against Bordeaux at some points as well, he does not have the positional awareness and I was screaming at the T.V. when the winger or fullback was simply drifting in behind him and he did not have a clue. Also his heading is pretty much non existent and was beaten in the air several times(again not his fault) I noticed Van Persie was drifting to the back post and easily beating Fergie to the cross. Don’t get me wrong he is a cracking little player, just not a defender that’s all.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Big Pappa…It is seeming that is the case. Based on form though, perhaps it should be Ba in the middle role? Whoever scores the goals, plays the middle role. Give them both a kick up the arse to perform well, if they don’t like it, ultimately we may lose them.

    We say business is business, so I guess that is the way forward.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Rainrix – we don’t take we’ll to outsiders round these parts.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Wizard…damn! talk about us being in trouble then 😀 if 433 only works when all are fit and 422 doesn’t work when we have injuries 😉 lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Cafeteire coffee anyone??? 😀

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Jesper – yeah. Maybe we should play 9-0-1. Ultimate hoofball. 9 defenders hoofing it up to shola.

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  • rainrix

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Jesper… Yup more of the same irrelevance as per usual 😉

    On topic well done fergie on forcing your way into the 1st team. Although the more i watch him the more i agree he isn’t a full back. That being said it was nice to see both FB’s attacking regularly

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Wizard…that formation in Denmark has been crooned “the Drillo formation” 😀 after the former National coach of Norway lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza…I swear, I have nothing against Norwegians 😀 I swear lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Rainrix…Yup! nothing new under the sun here mate ;D lol

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  • rainrix

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Conaldo… About time we descended into tribal redneckedness :).

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesper….I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe you. Just come clean and move on.

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  • ppb

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    for any norweigans wishing to get back at jesper.
    danish children learn to speak later than anwhere else in Europe

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #34

    ppb….Look at you with your fighting talk. Take no prisoners!

    Right, team meeting for me. Bye for now, someone keep my fence warm for me

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Wizard/Ibiza… http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egil_Olsen

    …just google translate it (don’t jest read the english version, it is not the same :))

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  • ppb

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36

    did i see someone mention the cooper temple clause? class!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #37

    ppB…I thought you were going to spread rumors about danish families have a population crisis 😀

    …my mom always thought me only to speak if I had anything nice to say (maybe we just choose to wait to speak ;))

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    ppB…and while you are add it, we also drink too much 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Okay, I have had it! Did I just kill the blog again??? 🙁

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  • ichrisho

    Oct 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Has anyone been on the wonga.om website.. the 4214% APR is obviously yearly and unless youve been using Wonga since its inception there is no way they wil lend you 5,000 over a year… you can get £400 and pay it back in 30 days with an 125 on top… I’d say that is fairly OK for a 15 minute approved loan… no? Try Tony round the back of the houses and he’ll give you any amount but want it back in 2 weeks for about 10,000 APR… People ar desperate as their government let them down not Wonga… get a grip dudes.. if it means we can get 2 new CB’s then funk it… and there is no way its going to be called Wonga.com arena… no way…

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