Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ferguson Grateful to Pardew for Chance to Shine on Big Stage

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ferguson Grateful to Pardew for Chance to Shine on Big Stage

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Byline: LEE RYDER

SHANE FERGUSON has thanked Alan Pardew for his big chance on the first-team stage with Newcastle United.

Ferguson will come into contention for this weekend's encounter with battling Stoke City after playing his part in recent wins over Swansea and Bolton Wanderers. And he has plenty of gratitude for the man who admitted he was a "lover" of the Irishman's brilliance.

He told the Chronicle: "It's good that the manager is showing faith in me.

"He could have easily brought a more experienced player on but he went for me.

"To get on in any game at St James' Park is great for me." This season has been a mixed bag for Fergie.

He suffered a muscle injury mid-season just weeks after recovering from a broken ankle sustained at Darlington in preseason.

He said: "The start of the season was frustrating with getting injured. But now I'm in and around the squad again and playing games.

"To get a taste of the last two wins has been fantastic. …

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