Fergie wants nothing but support from fans

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Barry Ferguson has pleaded for fans to forget protests during tomorrow’s game, and instead cheer his side to victory.

A group of Blackpool supporters are planning to show their vocal displeasure with chairman Karl Oyston during the clash against Birmingham City at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders are desperate for what would be their first win in 16 games, and Ferguson’s first as a manager.

While the 36-year-old boss stopped short of asking fans to cancel their protest, he asked for it not to be held during the game.

“I can’t tell the fans what to do, but at the end of the day we have 90 minutes here and we need to win a game,” he said.

“The games I’ve been in charge against Nottingham Forest and Doncaster the fans have been unbelievable.

“I’d expect the same tomorrow.

“We are all pulling in the same direction and we all want the same thing, which is three points.

“I’d expect the fans to get behind us.

“It’s up to the fans what they do but I’d prefer they did any protests or whatever before or after the game.

“But who am I to tell the fans what to do? It’s up to them.”

Under Ferguson Blackpool are yet to win in any of his five games in charge but have shown a huge improvement in recent weeks.

They’ve drawn their previous two games and been backed by the supporters in fine fashion.

It is something Ferguson hopes will continue.

He said: “Especially during the Nottingham Forest game in particular the fans were brilliant, they really got behind us.

“I know it’s a cliché, but they are like a 12th man.

“I know everyone says that, but they certainly can be here.

“But since I’ve been in charge they’ve always got behind us.

“I expect the same on Saturday.”

Blackpool’s improvement comes as no surprise to the stand-in boss who’s always believed there was enough quality at the club to turn things around.

They were unlucky not to pick up all three points against Ipswich last weekend, and Ferguson says they’ve now set their own expectations.

“In the last two games the performances have been around the standards I expect,” he said.

“Now they just have to show me week-in, week-out that they can do it.

“It doesn’t worry me at all as I know these boys are good enough.

“Training has been excellent again this week, they’ve done everything I’ve asked.

“The performances have been getting better and better, but I expect us to get three points on Saturday, it’s as simple as that.

“We aren’t going to under estimate Birmingham as they are a good team with good players.

“But I have a good team with good players and one that is ready for Saturday.”