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SIMON FERRY- From Lochee to Wembley and back again

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Wembley bound Simon Ferry is planning to enjoy his close season in sunny Lochee!

The on-loan midfielder has had an incredible season with Swindon and is now looking forward to appearing in the League One play-off final against Millwall or Huddersfield on May 30.

Last night’s semi-final win over Charlton was as dramatic a match as there has been all season with Swindon looking down and out when captain Gordon Greer was red carded with Charlton a goal ahead on aggregate.

Danny Ward scored to take the match into extra-time with five perfectly taken penalties taking the visitors through after Charlton’s Nicky Bailey had missed from 12 yards out.

“It was probably the best night of my football career, it was unbelievable,” Ferry admitted the morning after the night before.

“Things looked bad for us when big Gordon (Greer) was sent off but the players gee-ed themselves up and we always believed that we could score a goal and get back into the match.

“At half-time the manager told us that we could play better, that we were letting ourselves down and we did start to pass it around in the second half.

“Their fans started to get their backs a bit and we could see them getting nervy and we took advantage of that.

“Once we scored we never looked like losing, after that I felt that we were going to do it.”

On loan Liverpool kid Stephen Darby slotted away the penalty that sent the 3,000 visiting fans into delight to set up a Wembley date offering a place in The Championship for the visitors.

The on-loan Celtic players have had mixed fortunes with Ferry clearly making the most of his chance.

After three seasons being billed as the ‘next thing’ Ferry’s progress was hampered by recurring injury problems but the midfielder has enjoyed a new lease of life at the County Ground.

He added: “I’ve been given a chance knowing that the manager wants me to play for him. He brought me here because he trusts me and that’s a big boost to your confidence.

“Playing every week really helps you to develop, you learn in every match, no two games are ever the same.

“Against the bigger teams you’ll get a chance to pass the ball around but if you go to Stockport or places like that you get two seconds before someone is smashing through you. I’ve had to adapt and learn how to play against different teams.”

Ferry added: “I can’t believe how well the season has gone. When I first got told that I was going out on loan I didn’t even think that I’d be playing when I first arrived.

“To start 45 games in a good successful team going to Wembley is the best thing that has happened in my career.

“We’ve had some great results this season and did well against the top sides so there’s no reason why we can’t go to Wembley now and win.

“We’ve got one of the smallest squads in the division and I think that began to effect us towards the end of the season.

“J (Jon-Paul McGovern) has had a great season, he’s played in every single game and has more assists than anyone else in the league. He’s got great quality and is very important for the team.

“Overnight I’ve had loads of text messages from friends. I’ll have to get as many tickets as possible and there’s a few boys from Lochee trying to get a bus together- Wembley won’t know what’s hit it.

“I’d been planning going on holiday with some of the Swindon lads but with the play-off being so late I’ll probably just get back to Dundee.

“I’ll maybe manage a week or two away with some pals but after Wembley I’m looking forward to getting home.”

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