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Ferguson: I'm Putting Myself Up

12 April 2014

Barry To Continue Playing

Barry Ferguson will continue to play through the pain barrier in his attempts to secure Championship safety with Blackpool.

The 36-year-old made a return to the starting line-up in a 2-0 defeat to Leeds United this afternoon, having last appeared in a tangerine shirt three months ago.

But Ferguson, who needs an operation on his ankle, is willing to keep the boots on for the benefit of the team.

"I'm going to put myself up because it's a fight, and I don't shy away from a fight," he said. "I'm going to be here until we get them points on the board."

The decision to leave the dugout for the pitch came in the aftermath of the defeat to Derby County, with Ferguson taking a few opinions on board. 

"I'd not done anything for the good part of 10 weeks. We had a chat about it, the staff, and I asked a few of the players what they thought about it and they wanted me to at least try. I cannot believe I came through 90 minutes. I just need to wake up and see how I feel now."

As for the game, the post-match view was one of frustration given that The Seasiders failed to make any opportunities count.

"We had chances to take something from the game but never took them, which is probably the story of the last few months.

"I thought at times we played well, but we've just not got that cutting edge. That's something we need to work on this week for the Burnley game.

"To come away and have four, five, six chances and not put one in is disappointing because I think if we got the goal they would have went. They weren't anything great, Leeds."

After what has been a tough week, Ferguson insists that the main thing missing from the team at the moment is belief.

"The only thing we're missing is belief and I said that after the game to the boys. It's easy for me to stand in front of them and say it to them, but at some stage we've got to believe. I want them coming in on Monday morning with a smile on their faces, I don't want doom and gloom," he added.

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