SHANE Ferguson expressed his delight at finally getting his first goals for the club at The Den.
The Northern Ireland international winger produced two expert finishes to score Millwall’s second and third goals in the 4-1 Sky Bet League One win over Colchester United on Saturday that extended the unbeaten home run to seven games.
Ferguson paid tribute to strikers Steve Morison and Lee Gregory for the quality of the passes to set him up, and he was also pleased to make up for a miss in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road when he felt he could have put the Lions two up before Carlos Edwards’ dismissal led to the home side’s equaliser.
And he now has his sights set on increasing his tally after opening his Millwall account.
“It was unbelievable, to be honest,” he said of scoring in front of the home fans. “There was a great atmosphere and I’m just delighted to get my first couple of goals.
“I’ve been taking a bit of stick from the boys and the manager but thankfully it’s come now and hopefully I can get a few more.
“Steve made it very easy for me, I didn’t even have to take another touch, he just put it on a plate for me. Gregs as well saw my run late and put it through the boy’s legs. It was a great pass and thankfully I finished that one off as well.
“I was disappointed with the one at Blackpool, it kept me awake for a few nights because I should have scored. But I’ve worked hard in training on my finishing and credit to the lads as well who set me up, that helps a lot.”
Neil Harris revealed his admiration for Ferguson after Saturday’s win, saying the on-loan Newcastle player is often the last off the training ground after working on set-piece deliveries.
Ferguson delivered some dangerous balls into the box against the U’s that caused some awkward moments for the away defence, while Shaun Williams sent in the corner from which Byron Webster scored the fourth goal.
Ferguson believes extra work on the training pitch is one of the keys to self-improvement, and he also revealed that he and Williams decide during the game who will take the set plays.
He explained: “I practise a lot of free-kicks and corners. We haven’t got many free-kicks outside the box yet but hopefully we’ll get one eventually. I’m always practising because you always want to push yourself and better yourself as much as you can and hopefully it’s paying off on matchday.
“It depends if we’re feeling it that day. Sometimes you’re not having a good day, so we’d talk to each other and if (Shaun’s) feeling it more than me he’ll take them. He’s got a great delivery and if he wants to take them I’ve no problem letting him.”
Millwall could have won more handsomely against their often overwhelmed opponents at the weekend, and Ferguson feels the rigorous preparation before games is yielding rewards on the pitch.
“We always have a game plan,” he said. “We know how good we are on the break but we knew how good they were as well. The main thing was whenever we attacked to make sure we were okay defensively. We work a lot a lot on our shape.
“You can see (the effect of positive results) on the whole squad, not just in the lads who are playing but in the young lads as well, it’s helping them a lot.
“It makes you try things as well because you’re confident, and you can see that on matchdays.”