SHANE Ferguson has admitted he has been told off by Millwall’s groundstaff – for staying out on the training pitch too long.
The winger, on loan from Newcastle until at least January, scored his first goals for the Lions last weekend and delivered some dangerous set-pieces into the Colchester box.
He revealed that dead ball accuracy is down to practise and dedication, often after the rest of the members of the squad have headed for the showers.
And that has meant extra work for Dave Bradbury-Shaw and his staff.
Ferguson explained: “I got told off a couple of weeks ago and to come in because I was out there too long. Everyone was in and I was the only one outside. I think we had a game the next day and I was probably doing too much before it so one of the staff said, ‘Come on, you have to go in now’. So I got chucked off!”
Fans at The Den last weekend would have seen evidence that Ferguson’s work ethic is finding reward on the pitch. As well as the two goals there were flashes of the skill and trickery that once marked him out as one of Newcastle’s top prospects and the Northern Ireland international admitted he’s now feeling more confident to attempt new things with the ball.
“I’ve found my feet a bit,” he said. “I didn’t want to come here the first day and try tricks and it’s not working out. People would think I was being fancy. I wanted to get my confidence up first.
“I haven’t played a lot of football in the last year, but I’m enjoying my football and winning games – there’s not much of a better feeling than that.
“I’m loving it, it’s just good to be playing football week in, week out, especially when we’re winning. I can’t complain.”
Ferguson also made sure to highlight the contributions of his teammates and manager after being voted NewsAtDen’s man of the match against Colchester.
“The lads have been unbelievable this season,” he said. “We got off to a slow start but the manager’s worked brilliantly with us, mostly on a lot of team shape and you can see that. We’re a hard team to break down so it’s paying off.
“The older lads help you a lot but keep your feet on the ground, too. You don’t want to get over-confident, that’s when you make mistakes and start thinking it’s too easy. That never happens to us because the manager wouldn’t let it.
“We’re going into games now and things that we’re trying are working and it’s going really well for us.”