Barry Wants More of the Same
Barry Ferguson says Blackpool have laid down a marker for forthcoming performances following last weekend's showing against Nottingham Forest.
The 36-year-old was pleased with a number of aspects in the 1-1 draw and now expects the players to push on when they face Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
"We've set a marker now and I'll be demanding that kind of performance every week," he said. "I know that you can't play to your potential every week - that's football - but we played in a system that I want to go forward with at home. They did everything I asked of them and I've never had any concern with their commitment and work-rate. What pleased me more last Saturday was that they showed what good players they can be. You could see that as the game went on, their confidence was growing and growing."
Mick McCarthy's side are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures so Ferguson is well aware of what to expect against The Tractor Boys.
"I've come across Mick quite a few times and his teams are always well organised. I've watched them three times this week on video so it's going to be a tough game because they're on a good run.
"We'll train a bit earlier and make sure we get down there in plenty of time. We're going to be positive and try and get three points because we need to get a win under our belts. It's been going on too long now but I can see it coming. I see the boys every day in training and things are going well."
Ricardo Fuller returns from injury for the trip, with Ferguson full of praise for the Jamaican's influence on and off the pitch.
"He's not match fit but he's going to be in the squad. He's a big character and he's somebody that we've missed in the dressing room. I asked him to come into the dressing room before the Nottingham Forest game because I think it's important that you've got guys like that running about the place. I'm happy to have Ricardo back. We're also getting Bish and Ossie back as well so there's a lot of competition, which is exciting for me. It also gives me a headache but I'm not scared to make decisions," he added.