Newcastle’s chief creator Ferguson is living the dream

SET-UP ... Papiss Demba Cisse hooks home after Shane Ferguson's cross.
SET-UP ... Papiss Demba Cisse hooks home after Shane Ferguson's cross.

SHANE Ferguson’s pinching himself after a stunning eight days playing for Newcastle United.

The 21-year-old’s set up a goal in each of the club’s last three games.

Ferguson – who missed the start of the season through injury – made his first start of the campaign in last night’s 3-0 Europa League win over Bordeaux.

And Ferguson – who came off the bench to set up goals against Reading and Manchester United – crossed for Papiss Demba Cisse to score Newcastle’s third strike in a convincing group stage win at St James’s Park.

Ferguson, handed a start at left-back, was just happy to have again played a part for Newcastle, after creating goals at the Madjeski Stadium and Old Trafford.

“It’s three in three, and to be honest I don’t know what’s going on!” said Ferguson.

“But seriously, I’ll just keep working hard in training each day, and practising those sort of crosses.

“I want to keep getting better at getting it in the right place.”

Ferguson delivered a cross from the left, which was expertly hooked past Cedric Carrasso to all but end any chance of a comeback from Bordeaux, who trailed to a strike from Shola Ameobi and an own-goal from Henrique.

“Papiss just got there at the right time,” said Ferguson. “It makes it so easy when you have Papiss and Shola waiting in there.”

The result moved Newcastle to the top of their Europa group, with four games left to play.

Reflecting on the game, Ferguson went on: “All of the lads were buzzing after the game because we knew we’d played so well.

“It was fantastic, and everybody in the dressing room was buzzing. The football we played was fantastic, and it was a brilliant night to be part of.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we came through with flying colours – Bordeaux are a very good side.”

Next up for Newcastle are Manchester United at St James’s Park on Sunday.

“Hopefully, I’ll be involved again – I’d love to get that chance against Man United,” said the Northern Ireland international.

“It would be a dream come true for me, and something I have dreamed about from a young age.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, and it will be again on Sunday.

“It was a good experience and now we’ll look to build on this against Man United.”

The Gazette’s Europa League coverage is in association with UTS Engineering Ltd.