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Ferguson: We Stopped The Rot

11 March 2014

Barry Relieved To Get Three Points

Barry Ferguson was relieved to see Blackpool pick up three points against Millwall and end a run of 17 league games without victory.

In a game packed with plenty of drama, a 14th minute header from Ricardo Fuller turned out to be enough to halt a difficult period at Bloomfield Road.

"It was probably one of the worst games I've watched in terms of quality, but I couldn't care less. The main thing for me was that we stopped this rot," Ferguson said.

"We've ended it now and I'm not getting carried away because we've still got miles and miles to go yet. The main thing is we got three points."

The Seasiders had Matt Gilks to thank for keeping the scoreline intact, with the 31-year-old bouncing back from Saturday's events with a crucial penalty save.

"Gilo stepped up as he's done plenty of times before. He made a mistake on Saturday but it didn't bother me because people make mistakes in football. I've been in football long enough to realise that. He's made a good save, and he's done that since I've been at the club anyway."

The team line-up may have surprised people when announced an hour before kick-off, yet Ferguson clearly had a specific plan in mind. 

"I had a few boys playing out of position and I know it didn't look great - maybe people were wondering what was going on team line wise - but by heck man, the boys on the park gave me everything.

"I obviously want to play nice, attractive football but it's got to a stage where we just needed to grind out a win. Tonight I had to change it and go a different way, and it may not be pleasing on the eye but at the end of the day it's three points. That's all I was interested in tonight."

All attentions will now swiftly turn to a game against table-toppers Leicester City on Saturday, although the players will be given time to rest up first.  

"I'll let them chill out and have a nice day off tomorrow but come Thursday morning I'll be on their case about Saturday. I'll watch Leicester tomorrow, which the missus will not be happy about but so be it," Ferguson added.

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