Barry’s fired up for the pressure cooker

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BARRY Ferguson has called on the Seasiders to thrive on the pressure of being expected to win, not fear it.

Ferguson knows more about pressure than most, having spent the majority of his career at Rangers, where defeat is not an option.

The pressure might not be as intense at Bloomfield Road but it is still there, and the skipper wants his team-mates to relax and enjoy the challenge of trying to get back into the Premier League.

“Pressure can be difficult for players to handle, but if you want to play at the top level you have to be able to handle it,” said the midfielder as he prepares for his first Lancashire derby when Pool visit Burnley on Saturday evening.

“I was brought up in that sort of environment at Rangers, where you are expected to win every single week and if you didn’t finish top it wasn’t good enough.

“We’re facing a whole new expectation now because the club has been in the Premier League.

“Last Saturday we played a side who average 20,000 a week (Nottingham Forest) and we get just 10,000, yet we are expected to win and to get back in the Premier League.

“We’re going to have to scrap with our backs to the wall but we’ll definitely give it our best shot.”

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