Fergie’s sick of seaside self-pity

Blackpool's Barry Ferguson
Blackpool's Barry Ferguson
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Barry Ferguson is fed up with his Blackpool players feeling sorry for themselves.

The Seasiders boss was unhappy at his players’ response to Riyad Mahrez’s equaliser for Leicester on Saturday.

Pool went on to lose 3-1 at the King Power Stadium and Ferguson insists the mindset has to change.

He blasted: “It’s a mentality thing and it annoys me – once we concede a goal, that’s it.

“There’s a thing sweeping through the club at the moment – people like to feel sorry for themselves. It’s can’t keep happening and it needs to stop.

“But I’ll keep going on and on about it, and eventually it will hit home.”

Blackpool’s squad were handed another day off today by Ferguson, who feels his players need rest ahead of their three games in eight days, starting with Saturday’s home clash with Huddersfield .

Pool will be seeking back-to-back Bloomfield Road wins, but don’t expect Ferguson to be satisfied if they succeed.

He added: “I’m never happy, even if we win. I’m straight down the line.

“It just concerns me that when we go a goal down we seem to let it affect us. It’s up to me to look into that.

“I keep emphasising that we need to remain strong and focused. That was a disappointing last half-hour on Saturday.

“We sit far too deep. I can’t shout any more than I do from the sidelines to try to get them (to push) out.

“On Saturday, they scored a wonder goal and we thought, ‘Oh, we’re Blackpool – let’s sit back.’”

Any short-term changes Ferguson wants to make to his squad will have have to be made quickly.

The final transfer deadline of the season is at 5pm a week tomorrow. Loan transfers can be made until that time, after which no player movement is allowed until the close-season.

One new addition to Ferguson’s team is experienced coach Eric Black, brought int to assist him for the rest of the season.

But Ferguson insists he is the one making all the decisions.

“I pick the team and I pick the formation. There’s only one person who makes decisions and that’s me,” said the 36-year-old.

“You see a totally different game from up in the stands, so it’s good to have Eric up there.

“We need to dust ourselves down and get on with it because we’ve got a big game against Huddersfield.

“Every game is massive. I just need to get this team over the line.”

Blackpool go into the Terriers game with a fully fit squad, boosted by the return to training of defender Kevin Foley.

The Wolves loan man dislocated a shoulder in the defeat by Bournemouth and Ferguson confirmed: “He’s back in training with strapping on.

“I’m just going to let him train for another few days and we’ll see how he is before Saturday’s game.”