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Ferguson: Utilising Pressure

8 March 2014

Reaction to the Bournemouth defeat

Barry Ferguson has called on his side to start using the pressure to their advantage, after another frustrating defeat this afternoon.

Blackpool were beaten due to a Bournemouth penalty minutes after half time, and they struggled to created clear-cut chances throughout.

Ferguson made substitutes in a bid to change the game, but didn’t get a response as Pool were beaten again.

“You’ve got to thrive on pressure, it is part of football - I’m angry. I made a couple of changes and again there will be changes Tuesday,” said Ferguson.

“Maybe it’s the pressure that they might not be able to handle. It’s a pressure playing football, especially in the position we are in. I know what it’s like; you’ve got to rise above it. 

“The confidence is shot; it’s been shot for a long time. I thought it was coming back, but it’s worrying.

“I can only keep repeating myself a certain amount of times. I keep hoping that they’re going to take it on board, but obviously it didn’t happen again today. The simple fact is it wasn’t good enough.”

The Seasiders managed just a handful of efforts on target, so when Matt Gilks scythed down Lewis Grabban, it proved costly.

The striker converted from the spot, to seal Bournemouth’s win and pile more misery on the hosts.

“I don’t mind if someone makes a mistake, I don’t mind if someone gives the ball away, or has a bad touch, but I can’t accept people not giving 100 percent. 

“Gillo made a mistake, but he has saved us loads of times this season. I just want everyone to give 100 percent, which is the minimum requirement. 

“I do training exercises on going for goal, everything they ask. Come a Saturday, is it the pressure? Time will tell. It is a worrying thing sweeping through the place for me."

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