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Robinson helping me shine at Blues: Ferguson

Safe hands: Rohan Ferguson is enjoying his spell at Windsor
Safe hands: Rohan Ferguson is enjoying his spell at Windsor

By Steven Beacom

Linfield No.1 Rohan Ferguson has revealed the backing and support of Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has proved crucial in making his move to Windsor Park a success.

There were fears amongst Linfield fans that with Roy Carroll leaving and Gareth Deane injured in the summer, the Blues could have problems in the goalkeeping department this season, but since Ferguson arrived on loan from the Fir Park outfit he has been extremely impressive.

The 21-year-old Scottish ace was superb in Linfield's thrilling run in the Europa League and has carried that form into the domestic scene.

Linfield manager David Healy has strong options between the sticks, with Ferguson his first choice and Deane a more than able deputy.

When Carroll was injured for the final months of last season, Deane came in and produced excellent displays as the Blues won the title.

This term he has been featuring in cup matches and providing competition for Ferguson, who has been playing league games.

Ferguson is enjoying his spell at Windsor and says ex-Northern Ireland player and coach Robinson was key in him deciding to give the Irish Premiership a shot.

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"Robbo has helped me a lot on and off the pitch. When I was moving over he said to me to go and enjoy it and show people how good I was. He was crucial for this move to work and I can only thank him for making it happen," said Ferguson.

"He's a very good manager and has been doing a fantastic job at Motherwell for a few years now."

At Fir Park, Ferguson was behind Mark Gillespie and Trevor Carson in the pecking order, hence the switch to Linfield to play first-team football.

Ferguson says that he has learned from Northern Ireland goalkeeper Carson, who is fit again after a serious illness.

"I've worked a lot with Trevor over at Motherwell and he was really good with me. You can learn a lot training with someone of that quality," said Ferguson.

"Trevor was unfortunate last season that he had to come out of the Motherwell team because of illness. It's good to see him back because he's a brilliant goalkeeper."

On his Linfield experience to date, Ferguson said: "There's a good set of lads at the club and in David Healy we have a really good man manager who I'm enjoying working with.

"Roy Carroll was a brilliant goalkeeper for the club so I had big gloves to fill coming in, and of course Gareth is still here.

"I know for a fact if I have an off day Gareth will come in and take my place, so I need to be on (my game) every single week."

Ferguson kept a clean sheet in Saturday's 2-0 league win at home to Carrick Rangers, which kept the Blues five points behind leaders Coleraine with two games in hand.

Next up for Healy's men is Friday's first leg in Belfast of the Unite the Union Champions Cup against Dundalk, who will be smarting after losing the FAI Cup final to Shamrock Rovers at the weekend when one-time Linfield goalkeeper Alan Mannus was the hero in a penalty shoot-out.

"It's another trophy, and at Linfield we want to get our hands on as many as possible, so we'll be up for it," stated Ferguson.

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