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Ferguson: Effort Was Phenomenal

25 January 2014

Reaction To Doncaster Draw

Barry Ferguson praised the 'phenomenal' effort of the Blackpool players following a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at Bloomfield Road.

The midfielder was asked to take charge of The Seasiders for the game and couldn't have been any more delighted with the response from his team-mates.

"It was phenomenal the effort they put in, and I think everybody could see that. I couldn't be any more proud of them. The fans as well were unbelievable," he said.

"I've loved every minute of the last three days and the effort and the commitment that the boys have given me, words can't describe. The boys showed what good spirit there is here at this place."

Ferguson made four changes to the side from Barnsley, with Tony McMahon and David Perkins making their first starts in tangerine.  

"A few of the boys that started today need a few games, you could see that," he admitted. "They started to tire but I knew that was going to happen. The new boys that I've brought in are in the same boat as the boys that started, they're not match fit. It's up to me to try and get them as many minutes on the pitch as I can."

The midfielder opted to keep himself out of the 18 and focus on looking after things from the touchline, leaving him to contemplate how he'll force himself back in.

"After that performance I won't get back in the team, but that doesn't bother me because they are all my mates. At the end of the day I got asked to do a job and the way they responded to me, I can't ask for anymore."

Gary MacKenzie, Neal Bishop and Ricardo Fuller missed out on selection due to injury, while Thomas Ince wasn't in the right frame of mind for the game on the back of events this week.

"It's been a difficult week for Thomas, obviously with his dad being the manager and a lot of speculation about his future," Ferguson explained. "I asked him the question and he said he wasn't right. I needed guys that were going to be ready for this game today and Thomas, to be fair to him, was honest and I can't ask anymore."

Attentions will now undoubtedly turn to a Tuesday night fixture at Reading, although Ferguson is not looking any further than this evening for the moment.

"I'm just going to go up the road and have a glass of wine and forget about the football for a couple of hours," he added.

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