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Ferguson: No Hiding Place

8 April 2014

Mental Strength Required For Run-In

Barry Ferguson says there is no place to hide for Blackpool and has challenged his players to show more mental strength.

After going in front after just 20 seconds at Bloomfield Road, The Seasiders found themselves 3-1 down to Derby County 20 minutes later.

"The first 30 seconds was great but then after that it was just typical Blackpool again," Ferguson said. "I'll leave what I said behind the door as usual.

"The damage was done and the pressure was off after they scored the third goal. It just fizzled out. They just shut up shop a bit. I tried to change a couple of things but it never gave us the spark we needed."

Results elsewhere left Blackpool three points off the relegation zone, and Ferguson wants the players to show the same fight as the sides around them.

"I'm seeing a bit of mental strength from those guys and teams. That's what we need to do. It's very serious and we're not going to hide away from the fact that it's serious. Football is all about pressure, it's easy when you're up near the top of the league but when things are going against you, that's when you really find out about people.

"They're playing for their futures and playing for their lives. This club, for me, should be in The Championship all day long. If they want to be in The Championship then they need to start getting points on the board," he added.




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