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Ferguson looking to continue form on Saturday

Read from Millwall's wing wizard...

26 October 2018

Shane Ferguson is enjoying his resurgence at Millwall.

Since signing from Newcastle United in 2015, the Northern Irish winger has played 136 times for The Lions, scoring nine goals, but, before the trip to Nottingham Forest on 3rd October, he had been limited to late substitute and Carabao Cup appearances in 2018/19.

Ferguson was selected to start at the City Ground, however, and has strung together a fine amount of performances since, scoring in Millwall's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa and dancing through the Wigan Athletic defence to assist Steve Morison's winning goal in a success of the same scoreline over The Latics last Tuesday night at The Den.

That goal capped off a crazy night in South London, as, after Millwall dominated their opponents in the first-half, they fell behind to a freak Jed Wallace own-goal, with a mad minute - containing two penalties - turning the game in The Lions' favour.

Josh Windass blazed a spot-kick for Wigan over the crossbar, before Shaun Williams confidently dispatched a penalty of his own to level the scores. Ferguson then set up Morison for the winner.

"We made hard work of it," the winger told millwallfc.co.uk. "The first goal was a bit of bad luck, just before half-time as well, so that was a tough one to take, but we did well to come back. Shaun [Williams] took his penalty very well and Moro [Steve Morison] was in the right place at the right time."

Speaking on the penalty decisions, Ferguson added: "It was a weird moment. We were looking round, all thinking "how has this penalty been given," but you have to take it and pick yourselves up again - it was the same with the Reading game. For us to then go straight down the other end and for Willo to put the penalty away was brilliant.

"A lot of words were said at half-time. We picked ourselves up and I thought we were brilliant. Hopefully we can continue that on Saturday."

A half-time substitution of Aiden O'Brien for James Meredith meant the 27-year-old had to revert to left-back during the week, but that did not deter Ferguson, who, along with Jed Wallace, was involved in most of Millwall's attacking play as they searched for the winning goal.

The midfielder was full of praise for boss Neil Harris.

"I don't mind wherever I play, I'm just happy to be in the side. That was a tactical change because we were chasing the game a bit and it gave me a chance to get further forward from a defensive position. I think it paid off.

"I'm really grateful for the manager giving me an opportunity and I'm just enjoying it. We've had a few good results now and hopefully we can continue that."

Next up for Millwall is the visit of struggling Ipswich Town, who have recently sacked manager Paul Hurst - but Ferguson was not concerned by the upheaval at Portman Road, stating that The Lions would focus on themselves, and also expressed his desire to send the Den faithful "home happy" for a third consecutive game.

"I think they'll just continue the way they are. Whoever comes in and takes that job, I'm sure they'll do great, but we're just focussing on ourselves and working on them today [Friday] - hopefully we can get the three points.

"The fans help us out a lot. The way they got behind us after half-time on Tuesday helped, and hopefully we can send them home happy again on Saturday."


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