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Ferguson: Still Work To Be Done

Posted: Fri 02 May 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Barry Looking For Final Victory Of The Season

Barry Ferguson will take charge of Blackpool for the final time this season tomorrow lunchtime, and hopes his side will leave the fans feeling positive for the summer.

The Seasiders require a point to make Championship football a certainty for next season, but they may not even need that if results elsewhere go their way.

Newly-safe Charlton Athletic arrive at Bloomfield Road, but Pool will focus on themselves, with their fate in their own hands. 

“I don’t want them to get carried away, we’ve got one more game that’s in our hands against a very good Charlton side,” said Ferguson. “It has been no easy week, I’ve had to prepare them the right way.

“The confidence has grown in recent weeks with some good performances, so the boys are desperate to get a win at home. The last few home games have been disappointing in terms of performance and what I expect of them, and they know that.  

“They’re professional and know there’s one game to go. You can’t get any better than playing at home last game of the season, there is a lot of hard work still to be done. In front of hopefully a packed stadium, we can go out on a high with three points.”

The Addicks arrive in Lancashire already safe after a mid-week victory over Watford, but Ferguson doesn’t expect the Londoners to turn up not up for a fight.

“I don’t think they’ll take it easy, it was a big result for them on Tuesday. They’ve got professional players and a professional manager, so I don’t expect them to turn up on their holidays.

“If they’re professionals they’ll prepare right, they’ll want to come here and finish the season on a high. As professionals they have one more game to go, I know they’ll prepare right and we’ll in for a difficult game,” he said. 

After positive results on the road at Brighton and Wigan, it is now a Bloomfield Road return for Pool, who have had a full week of rest, as well as preparation. 

“I had a brief meeting with the boys on Monday. I said it was the last push, I wanted training from everybody to be focused, I wanted them to prepare right, which they always do.

“The only thing I’m thinking of at the moment is trying to get three points on Saturday. It’s pretty easy going into the last week for people to start thinking about holidays, but I want everybody pulling in the right direction and that is with getting three points on Saturday.

“I’ve said it plenty of times, they’re a really good group of boys. When we’ve been down I’ve asked them to come in with a smile on their face, it’s hard at times but they’ve always done that. 

“There was a lot of happy faces and there should have been, because the second half performance (at Wigan) was different class, and the preparation has been first class this week,” said Ferguson.