Barry Ferguson admitted Blackpool’s 1-0 home win over Huddersfield was not the result of the prettiest football.
But the former Scotland captain, now caretaker manager at Bloomfield Road, was hardly worried about the fashion it came in as the Seasiders enjoyed just their second victory in 21 games.
Veteran striker Ricardo Fuller’s fourth-minute strike proved decisive as Huddersfield failed to find a way past Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal, going down to a third defeat in four outings.
Nahki Wells had a goal disallowed after the break and James Vaughan was wasteful, while substitute Andy Keogh had the chance to put the result to bed late on for Blackpool but could not find the finish.
Blackpool are now nine points clear of safety and, while he remains unhappy with their 18th place in the Sky Bet Championship, Ferguson is content for the wins to come in any way, shape or form.
“I’m delighted. It wasn’t a great game to watch but at this stage of the season it is all about getting three points and we did that with hard work,” said Ferguson.
The win came in windy conditions, and Ferguson said: “It turned into a bit of a battle as I knew it would.
“But I couldn’t ask for any more in terms of their effort and commitment. It was what I demanded and it was what I got.”
It was a second successive home victory for Blackpool, who failed to muster a win in December, January or February.
“We are still in a place in the league that I don’t want to be,” said Ferguson. “I’m not going to take my foot off the gas because we have simply won a couple of home games.
“We have got difficult games coming up and I want to get as many points on the board to get us over the line. We will see what happens.”
Huddersfield are just three points and two places higher up the Championship table than Blackpool, and Terriers boss Mark Robins has vowed to move on from the defeat as quickly as possible.
“Things will improve, there is no doubt about it, but it will take a little bit of time and a bit of work,” Robins said.
“We have got nine games to go and if we don’t pick up points we are certainly going to be lower in the league than we want to be.
“We were talking this time a few weeks ago about being top 10. We have just got to get back to being as good as we can be because we have not been.
“Motivation shouldn’t be an issue and I don’t necessarily think it is an issue. They’re working hard in training. I think the temptation is to work them a lot harder and at this stage of the season it’s very difficult to do so.”