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READ | Shane backs well-placed Millers to return to winning ways

20 January 2022

Club News

READ | Shane backs well-placed Millers to return to winning ways

20 January 2022

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Millers boss Paul Warne has often reiterated in the press how ‘random’ football can be at times.

The bounce of a ball here, a missed chance there and suddenly a tight game is decided by the smallest of margins.

Football can be a cruel game sometimes and Saturday's stoppage time hammer blow dealt by Fleetwood Town was evidence of just that.

In recent defeats to Accrington Stanley and Fleetwood Town, performances hadn’t been too dissimilar to the ones seen in games that the Millers were winning as part of their incredible unbeaten streak of fixtures and that is perhaps down to the randomness football can sometimes throw up.

Shane Ferguson has been there and done it and the experienced operator knows that it is only a matter of time before the side’s luck turns, provided they continue to perform to the high standards they’ve set themselves.

“The performance was there [against Fleetwood] and I feel like we’d looked the most likely team to win it, so we were all disappointed with how the game ended,” Ferguson told

“We had some great chances and on another day, they go in and we’re going home with three points, but that is how it goes.

“We want to win every game we play and maybe that is what cost us right at the end, because we were focusing on trying to get back down the pitch to score ourselves.

“Sometimes when you’re having a difficult moment, things just don’t bounce your way here and there. Griggy hit the post in the first half and if that goes in it is a different story, I’m confident our luck will turn.”

Shane Ferguson

The Fleetwood result, coupled with the postponement of Tuesday’s game against Lincoln City has seen the Millers slip from first to fourth in the Sky Bet League One standings, but are very much still in a position to reclaim one of the top spots with their games in-hand.

Paul Warne’s men welcome Cheltenham Town to AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday and Ferguson stressed that the whole squad are determined to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

“We’re looking forward to the next game and trying to put the Fleetwood result right,” Ferguson explained.

“We’ve got an unbelievable squad here and we’re in a great place.

“There’s so many games still left to play and we’re still in a fantastic position. The lads are all looking forward to getting back out there on Saturday and hopefully start another strong run of results."

Shane Ferguson

“We just need to concentrate on ourselves. There are teams with games to catch up and others who we have games in-hand on, but we can only impact what we do.”

The Northern Ireland international has become a mainstay in the side since his summer arrival from Millwall, slotting seamlessly into the left-wing-back role.

The left-footed operator has become renowned for his pinpoint crossing ability from wide positions and Ferguson admits he is relishing the position he currently finds himself in.

“The more games I’m playing the fitter I feel. I love the position I’m playing in, it’s really good for me and the way we play it suits me massively," he continued.

“The hard work from my teammates helps me to get into good crossing positions and obviously I want to try to carry on creating chances for the team.

“Hopefully by doing this I can contribute to us having a successful season, which is of course the goal of everyone in the squad.”


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