SHANE Ferguson revealed his first goal against Hull City on Sunday was “off the cuff” and said the memory of being out of the side is driving his performances.
Ferguson came off the bench in the 63rd minute with Shaun Williams and Steve Morison and scored twice to send the Lions into the fourth round where they will host Everton.
The Northern Ireland international got his first in the 82nd minute after receiving a return pass from Jed Wallace from a short corner before running inside and finding the top left corner with a shot from the edge of the box.
Three minutes later, he fired home a direct free-kick from 22 yards (above).
“I was telling Pearcey [Alex Pearce] that doesn’t usually happen! I was delighted with it,” Ferguson said.
“The set-pieces we usually put them in the box but Jed came short and was screaming my name so we just played it from there. The manager encourages that, too, to play off the cuff and thankfully it opened up for me and went in.
“The likes of Steve and Willo came on, that’s a lot of experience, you know what you’re going to get from them. The first half wasn’t good enough, we all knew that and there were a few words said at half-time. We came out the second half a lot better.
“It’s massive for us, we love going on those runs playing in big stadiums and playing against the best players. We were obviously delighted after the game but the big thing as well was carrying on that confidence with the run we’re on at the minute. That was the main thing said before the game.”
Ferguson has scored three goals in his last two games and is in a rich run of form. He didn’t start a league game this season until October 3, but has started 14 of Millwall’s last 16 in the Championship.
The Lions are aiming for four league wins in a row when they face Blackburn Rovers next Saturday.
“I came back pre-season and worked hard and I’m thankful to the manager for giving me the opportunity to come in and try to affect the team as much as I can,” Ferguson said.
“The results weren’t the best at the start of the season and the manager wanted to try to something new. I knew what it was like not to be playing and I got the opportunity and didn’t want it to be like that again being out of the team. On Saturdays you don’t want to be sitting in the stand watching your team-mates play.
“It is tough but you want to be supportive to your team-mates as much as you can because they have a job to do as well. You don’t want to be making it difficult for anyone else, you just keep your head down and work hard.
“I’ve been working hard every game and trying to stay in the team.”
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