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Ferguson determined to "go one step further"

17 May 2017

Winger looking to overcome disappointment of last year...

Shane Ferguson has stated that the Millwall squad are determined to "go one step further" in this Saturday's Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final against Bradford City at Wembley Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

This weekend's match will act as the club's second successive shot at promotion to The Championship and following a heart-breaking defeat to Barnsley last May, the winger, who joined up with the Northern Ireland squad for EURO 2016 shortly after, is looking for a far more happier end to the campaign this time round. 

"Last year was a hectic end to the season," Ferguson told millwallfc.co.uk.

"There was a lot of stuff going on. It was a disappointing end to our season, but hopefully we can be better this time round.

"We watched ourselves back and knew we could do better. We had injuries on the day - maybe that didn't help - but this year we're looking to go one step further."

The Lions go in to Saturday's Final in great form, with just two defeats in their last nine matches.

The surge towards the top six, however, began in earnest around the Christmas period. After a 3-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United on 17th December, Millwall found themselves in 14th place.

Ferguson outlined how such a run - especially the final day win at Bristol Rovers - has given the team great confidence going in to the clash with The Bantams.

"The lads have done great this year. People were writing us off earlier in the campaign, saying that we might not be able to do it again, but we've done really well. The way we've played after Christmas has been unbelievable - it shows the character of the boys in the squad.

"The confidence from the way we got into the Play-Offs on the final day at Bristol Rovers carried through into the Semi-Finals against Scunthorpe United and is still there now.

"We've had a lot of big game experience this season with the FA Cup run - we'll be using that to our advantage at Wembley on Saturday."

Meanwhile, the Northern Irish international, who has played 97 times for Millwall since joining from Newcastle United in 2015, explained how much he has learned since moving to The Den.

"It's been one of the best decisions I've made in my career, coming to Millwall. I've learned so much and the experience of playing at Wembley is unbelievable. It's where dreams come true - hopefully we can get that victory and realise ours.

"The focus when I came here was to get to The Championship. The way we've been playing this season, especially after Christmas - there's no reason why we can't be there next year."

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