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Ferguson: We Should Have Won

15 February 2014

Reaction to the Ipswich draw

Despite taking a point home from Portman Road, Barry Ferguson admitted to feeling a little dissatisfied having not claimed all three.
The goalless draw is a creditable one for Blackpool, with Ipswich sitting on the edge of the play-off positions.

However, The Seasiders had the better of the chances, and could have easily have claimed a crucial victory if Suffolk.

"We went on the attack to get the three points, which I think we deserved, so I'd say it's two points dropped," said Ferguson.

"The first five minutes of the game we were disappointing, but I had a wee go at them. And from thereon in, even though they put us under pressure at the end, we were excellent. 

"I'd rather have a go at a team, that is my philosophy and the way I want to go ahead, while I'm in this position. You saw today we were positive from the word go. We started to play the ball about, and played some lovely bits of football, the only thing is we're missing a cutting edge, which is what we're going to be working on next week.

"I demand hard work, you can see that, I want the best for the boys. It's all coming together, we just need to get that three points. But at least we're moving in the right direction, coming away from Ipswich disappointed to not win."

Faris Haroun in particular came close on three separate occasions to making the breakthrough, and Ferguson was pleased with his performance, as well as Tony McMahon's.

"Faris had a few chances. I said to him at the end that it is a part of his game he needs to improve on. When we get him up to the standard I expect I think we'll see goals from him. 

"I've always liked Tony. I probably raised a few eyebrows by bringing him in, but he is a winner and that is what I want at the club. Since he has come in he has adjusted well to training and has been fantastic for me. 

"I'm trying to get everybody up to the required fitness levels and they are getting there, a few were tiring towards the end, but it will come after another hard week's training and we'll be ready for Birmingham."

The Scot was forced to replace left-back Jack Robinson early on, after he'd collided with team mate Kirk Broadfoot, but Ferguson confirmed it was nothing more than a dead leg.

"I gave Robbo a couple of minutes, but he was limping about. I need 11 players on the pitch who are fully fit, Robbo was obviously struggling. But he is a hard boy, and will be back for Saturday.

"Andy (Halliday) came on and that is why I brought him in, he can play anywhere. I thought when he came on he was different class."

Now The Seasiders will have a week to prepare for their next test, where Ferguson will continue to work with his squad on the training pitch.

"I said from the start, once I work with the boys during the week they will see what type of formation I want to play, that is two weeks I've had to work with them on the training ground and it is probably four points dropped, which is the biggest disappointment for myself.

"I'm in this job to get three points, that is what I came here trying to get. I obviously want to get those three points and the boys in there are disappointed as well because they are starting to realise that we have good players.

"We'll just carry on, but I'm loving what I'm doing, I'm enjoying coming in every day and working with this set of boys. I can't ask for a better life, I'm enjoying it, the boys are enjoying it, people are walking about with a smile on their face, so it makes me happy," said Ferguson.

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