Fergie: We’ll attack when we are safe

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Blackpool will play a more attacking style of football as soon as they have secured their Championship safety.

That’s the pledge from boss Barry Ferguson.

With seven games remaining, the Seasiders are just seven points from the drop zone and welcome bottom club Yeovil to Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Fifty points is usually the safety target stated by managers, but a total of around 46 may well be enough this season.

And Ferguson, whose side stand on 42, is hoping for a couple more positive results quickly so he can adopt a more open style.

“We can’t do everything at once,” explained Ferguson. “In recent weeks I’ve made a decision to tighten things up and change the way we wanted to play. In the future, we’ll look into being more of a threat at the other end.

“I know goals win you games and that’s something we need, but at the moment it’s just about doing enough to get points to make us safe. Only then can we consider playing the way I want to play.

“It’s a massive game against Yeovil but every game is massive.”

Ferguson’s players were given an extra day off on Monday to recover from the rigours of QPR.

They trained yesterday but are off again today, a decision Ferguson defended.

He said: “I need to be careful as the lads have put so much effort in. They were shattered in the dressing room.

“They work really hard for me and give me everything I ask for, so I have no problem in giving them time to rest. One thing is for sure –they’ll be back in on Thursday and prepared for the Yeovil game.”

One player unlikely to be available this weekend is Ricardo Fuller.

The striker limped off at Bolton eight days ago and missed the trip to London.

And Ferguson admitted: “Ricardo is going to be out a bit longer, which is disappointing. He’s a big player for us but I am not going to make excuses.”