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Ferguson on Brentford, Northern Ireland and Barrett

Winger gives his take on internationals and Lions return in West London

18 October 2019

Shane Ferguson says he is excited to have returned to Calmont Road ahead of Millwall’s Sky Bet Championship visit to Brentford this Saturday.

The winger spent a week away with the Northern Ireland national team over the international break, coming close to an impressive Euro 2020 qualifying result against the Netherlands before losing late on – followed by a morale-boosting friendly win over the Czech Republic.

“I’m excited to be back and it’s good to see everyone as ever,” Ferguson said to millwallfc.co.uk.

“Being away [with Northern Ireland] was obviously disappointing on this occasion because of the circumstances of the defeat to the Netherlands, conceding so late, but it’s one of those things in football. It’s of course physically demanding, but over time you do get used to it.

“Sometimes you might get the time off back in the summer, but it’s always great to represent your country. Now we have to focus back on our club football and we have an important match at Brentford on Saturday.”

Despite his nation’s recent heartache, Ferguson is glad to be back on the training pitch in South London and praises the impact of Adam Barrett since his appointment in caretaker charge.

“The mood is great at the moment. Obviously, hearing the news about Neil before the Leeds game was disappointing for the team, but then we went and got a good result.

“We’re ready to go again, it’s looking good and we’re just looking forward to an opportunity to earn three points at Brentford.

“Credit has to go to the caretaker manager for how he has stepped into the role, and in that short space of time, he’s been fantastic. Since he’s been here at the club in general, he’s been brilliant for everyone – he’s always a good person to talk to, and his man management has been really impressive.”

Ferguson gives a quick note on the weekend’s hosts, and is confident of a positive outcome.

“We always have a tough game against Brentford. They’re a difficult opponent every year especially in their own stadium.

“Hopefully we can get the result we need and keep pushing up the table.”


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