Defender Provides Bright Spark
After another difficult afternoon for Blackpool, Barry Ferguson took heart from the performance of Harrison McGahey, who impressed on his debut, despite the frustrating defeat against Burnley.
With Gary MacKenzie being ruled out injured all eyes turned to McGahey, who celebrated being offered professional terms this week with a solid display.
The 18-year-old would have had a clean sheet to his name had it not been for a stunning strike, but he remained the main positive for The Seasiders.
“I thought he was excellent, he had a couple of wee errors, but that is to be expected, he is only 18. He’ll save Blackpool a few quid in the future, because he’ll be a big player,” said Ferguson.
“He would have been in the team two or three weeks ago, I just thought it wasn’t the right stage. Looking at it I thought he was ready, and I had no problems with putting him in.”
However The Seasiders were on the end of another reverse at Bloomfield Road, with Burnley edging proceedings in the Lancashire derby.
Ferguson faced his players afterwards, but believes the fight remains in them with three games remaining.
“I look at them and I know what it means to them, they’re just not getting any luck, but they’ll keep trying. We just need that wee bit of quality at times, but we’re missing it.
“They’ll be in tomorrow morning, but I don’t want them getting down. I stood up when I went in and was around every single one of them.
“I’ve always reassured people that this group of boys always give everything, I’ve seen it from a different side coming in and playing today. Maybe just a wee bit of quality we need isn’t there right now, they scored a wonder strike to win the game and we just need to move on.”
Meanwhile Ferguson himself, who got through 90 minutes, appeared to be struggling towards the end, but confirmed it was nothing serious.
“I took cramp, but I’ll soldier on. I’ll wait until the end of season and get my ankle sorted. I’m here to fight on and fight from the front, and I’m not scared to do that, hopefully I’ll be in Monday.
“I thought we played well, competed better than they did, we’re just not getting that wee break, that is the story of Blackpool today.
“It will surely turn, if the boys go out there. They were flying into tackles, were determined, the only problem is the problem is the final product.”