Blackpool finally ended their shocking 18-match winless run last night, although Barry Ferguson described the game as one of the worst he’s ever seen.
The Seasiders battled their way to a vital 1-0 win over Ian Holloway’s Millwall in a game billed as a relegation six-pointer at Bloomfield Road.
It was hardly pleasing on the eye but Ricardo Fuller’s first half header sealed Ferguson’s first win in charge.
And the stand-in boss says points at this stage are far more important than performances.
Ferguson said: “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 is that we’ve stopped this rot.
“I couldn’t ask any more from the lads, with players out of position and things.
“People might have been wondering what was going on with my selections but the boys gave me everything.”
Pool rode their luck a little, with Matt Gilks making a fantastic penalty save from Steve Morison before the visitors rattled the post and crossbar.
But in the end it was a gritty, committed display and exactly what Pool needed to open up a nine-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.
Ferguson added: “”I want to play nice attractive football but it’s got to a stage where we just needed to grind out a win.
“I’ve had effort from everyone since I came in.
“In the Watford and Bournemouth games, I probably learned more than in the rest of my time in charge.
“In every game but those two they have all given me everything. We’ve played miles better in other games but this was just about rolling our sleeves up.
“I’d never known anything like this in my life – a team on the sort of run we were. But we’ve ended it now.”
Ferguson surprised many by opting for a much more defensive-looking line-up, with defender Tony McMahon on the right side of midfield.
And the stand-in boss explained it was all part of his plan to tighten things up. “I thought I had to go solid.
“I had three or four teams in my head and changed my mind twice on Tuesday.
“But the lads were excellent to a man. Some of the play wasn’t great but the effort was.”
As for Gilks’ penalty save, the boss was delighted to see his keeper make up for the error which led to Bournemouth’s winner on Saturday.
“I said then that Gilo saves us more than he costs us,” added Ferguson.
“He made a mistake and it didn’t bother me. Now he has made a massive save but he’s always done that since I’ve been at the club.”