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Ferguson: Roll Your Sleeves Up Time

28 February 2014

Barry Prepared For Battle

Barry Ferguson says it's roll your sleeves up time for Blackpool, with The Seasiders facing up to a battle in the bottom half of The Championship.

The team head to Watford tomorrow looking to end a run of 15 league matches without victory, in an attempt to pull away from the clubs below.

"If you're not ready to roll your sleeves up and realise what's happening, well there's no use turning up," he said. "The boys know that and I've explained that to them. I'm angry and frustrated and they're the same in that dressing room. It's my job to pick them up and the response has been great.

"I've never shirked a challenge in my life and I'm not doing it here. I know what's at stake now and the guys know what's at stake."

Defeat to Birmingham City last weekend left a bitter taste, given the way the players performed for large periods. The important thing now is to move on and learn from it. 

"I came in on Monday morning and had a quick chat with the boys," Ferguson explained. "There were enough positives out of the game but there were also some negatives that I've worked on this week. I'm just trying to get it all fixed for Saturday.

"Their work-rate and effort this week has been up-to-scratch so I can't complain on that front. The one thing is we need to get a win."

Blackpool's opponents sit 12th in The Championship following a managerial change in December. Ferguson has watched enough of The Hornets to see what they're about.  

"I was in trouble because I watched three of their games on Sunday with a bit of family time. My head was bursting because of the emotions of Saturday and certain aspects I wasn't happy about.

"They're a good team and they play a different formation than we're used to playing against, so it will be a difficult game. I'd expect nothing less in The Championship," he added.

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