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Ferguson gets playing time under his belt.

Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

SHANE FERGUSON played the full 90 minutes for Newcastle United reserves in a 4-2 friendly win over Southampton yesterday.

The Northern Ireland international has been training with the youth team since returning to pre-season training but is available for transfer.

However, he has been told to get his head down and work hard this summer after a disappointing season on loan to Birmingham City.

Ferguson's form dropped dramatically with Lee Clark's side and he lost his place in the side.

At Little Benton though the lad from Derry began his comeback.

And he impressed with two assists in an impressive victory for Peter Beardsley's side.

It was Adam Campbell who opened the scoring with a 25-yard free-kick.

The Geordie boy had been expected to be in the squad for Oldham last night but United wanted him to get a full 90 minutes under his belt.

Moments later a Ferguson cross found Macaulay Gillesphey who doubled the lead.

Ferguson crossed again before the break and it was centre-back Gillesphey again who found the net to make it 3-0. Southampton rallied in the second period and Dan Demkiv and Harley Willard pulled the scoreline back to 3-2. But sub Callum Roberts put the lid on the 4-2 victory after weaving his way through to wrap up a good win for Beardsley's side.

Beardsley now takes his team to Gateshead on Friday night (7.30pm) for James Curtis' testimonial.

Fans can pay at the turnstiles and admission is PS10 for adults and PS5 concessions with PS2 entry available for under-16s.

UNITED: Brendan Pearson, Callum Williams, Ryan McKinnon, Macaulay Gillesphey, Trialist, Daniel Barlaser, Ben Drennan, Liam Smith, Shane Ferguson, Adam Campbell, Alex Gilliead

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United's Shane Ferguson during his loan spell at Birmingham

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jul 16, 2014
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