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Ferguson: Things Are Coming Together

10 February 2014

Barry Delighted With New Group

Barry Ferguson believes things are starting to come together at Blackpool following Saturday's performance against Nottingham Forest.

The 36-year-old has been keen to stamp his own influence on The Seasiders since stepping up to take charge last month.

Seven new players have joined the club recently, with six of them being signings sanctioned by Ferguson. It means that time on the training ground has been vital to gel the group.    

"It's great to just get the boys on the training ground and get them into the shape of the way that I want to play," Ferguson said. "It's not going to work overnight but one thing's for sure, when the boys come into training it's hard work. They'll come off that training pitch sweating. I know what type of boys they are and they'll give me everything they've got."

The new system that Ferguson wants the players to adopt provided plenty of grounds for optimism against Billy Davies' side on the weekend.

"It's a new group and a new formation and whatever but they've took to it great. Another few weeks with more hard work on it and we'll get there.

"It does help when you've got a week to work on things and I've got some different formations in mind. I'll always be attack-minded at home," he admitted.

Andy Keogh got off the mark with his first goal for the club against Forest, while David Goodwillie's cameo off the bench was particularly promising.

"That's the reason why I brought Goodie in. I've known Goodie since he was a kid at Dundee United, hence the reason why Blackburn spent a lot of money on him.

"He'll admit himself that he's not fully fit in terms of match practice but he's knuckled down on the training ground and played in a practice game last week for 90 minutes. There'll be another practice game on Tuesday and he'll play probably 45, 60 minutes of that.

"You've seen the qualities he's got and once he's fully fit he'll be a major player for us," Ferguson added.

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