NEWCASTLE United’s campaign might have taken a turn for the worse with Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Stoke City, writes MILES STARFORTH.
But there was a glint in the Irish eyes of Shane Ferguson, following the Northern Ireland left-back’s bright performance.
The 19-year-old – on as sub for Jose Enrique – caught the eye, not least the skill he showed to carve out a shot on goal after beating two men on the byline in the second half.
With Enrique a doubt for Wolves’ visit to St James’s Park on Saturday week, Ferguson is on standby for his full Premier League debut.
Reflecting on the Stoke game, Ferguson said: “I was always ready, because I knew that Jose was coming back from injury. I knew he could be struggling and, after 20 minutes, I got my chance.
“Everybody was disappointed because of the sloppy goals we conceded, but we have to pick ourselves up and keep going in the final eight games.
“They just took their chances. We had a lot of possession, but didn’t take our chances.”
Asked about his effort on goal, Ferguson added: “It just opened up for me, really. 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’ll take my chance next time.
“I know I can do that – it’s something in my locker. I’ll get up and support the midfield, and my aim’s to get as many crosses and shots in 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.”