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Newcastle defender Ferguson grateful to Pardew for backing

Newcastle United fullback Shane Ferguson is grateful to manager Alan Pardew for the faith he's shown in him.

Ferguson has plenty of gratitude for the man who admitted he was a "lover" of the Irishman's brilliance.

He told the Evening 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."

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