Fergie: We are all hurting

Blackpool's Barry Ferguson
Blackpool's Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson has sent a message out to Blackpool’s fans – don’t think we don’t care.

The skipper has spoken to The Gazette after the media blackout which followed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.

No-one from Pool was made available after the game to speak about the poor performance at Oakwell but Ferguson has taken that responsibility.

The former Scotland captain said: “I don’t want the fans to think for one minute that the players don’t care. We certainly do care.

“The boys in the dressing room are hurting at the moment just as much as the fans. This has probably been one of the most difficult periods I’ve been through in my career. It hurts.

“I still have the same passion I’ve always had and I want to win every game I play.

“I look in the dressing room and at the players and staff we have at the club, and we certainly have boys who are hurting. I really hope the fans stick with us. We are really hurting too.”

Many supporters feel Saturday’s loss at Barnsley was the worst performance of the season and Ferguson would agree.

He said: “In this bad run we’ve played well at times and not got the result. But on Saturday the result and the performance was hugely disappointing.

“I thought that if we went there and got the three points we could have put Barnsley (who are bottom of the table) out of sight. All round it was a disappointing result and performance.”

Having ended November in the top four, Pool are 14th in the Championship and just eight points from the relegation zone.

Ferguson says it’s hard to believe the club is now looking down instead of up.

“After the start of the season we had, when we were flying, it’s crazy. The squad has been decimated by injuries and suspensions but the last thing we want to do is be dragged into a relegation battle.

“We need to get a result as soon as possible. Hopefully that will come on Saturday. The thing we need quickly is a win.

“I don’t even care about the performance – we just need a win to get us out of this slump.”