Ferguson on Pool’s ‘huge’ point

Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson described Saturday’s point as “huge” for Blackpool as they upset the odds to hold high-flying QPR.

David Goodwillie put the Seasiders ahead after 10 minutes, and despite the home side dominating large parts of the game, it was only 12 minutes from time that Junior Hoilett fired the equaliser.

Barnsley’s stunning 4-1 win at Yeovil makes Pool’s unexpected point all the more satisfying, though Ferguson’s men are now only seven points clear of the Championship drop zone in 19th place with seven to play.

“It was a huge point,” beamed Pool boss Ferguson. “I thought leading up to the game that we could go there and win. The only problem with the boys at the moment is that they don’t really believe in themselves.

“But once we got the goal I saw a bit of football. We then kind of thought, ‘This is QPR’ a bit and stopped playing.

“But the workrate and commitment, for me and for each other, is first-class.

“The pleasing thing is we didn’t collapse when they scored.

“When it went in, I stood on the sideline and thought, ‘Here’s a test for the lads.’ They came through it no problem.

“Now I’m starting to get what I’ve been asking for. It’s not going to come overnight but it’s getting there.”

Unlike at Leicester two weeks earlier, Pool stood strong after conceding an equaliser and held on for what could prove a vital point.

Ferguson added: “It’s a game we’d have lost a few weeks ago. It pleases me a lot that we didn’t.

“In previous weeks we’d have felt sorry for ourselves but on Saturday we didn’t.

“I was delighted with the amount of effort and work they put into getting that point.”

QPR boss Harry Redknapp’s view of the game was a little more simplistic.

“It was all one-way traffic,” he said.

“They scored from a corner, then they sat in and it was hard to break them down.

“We needed players who could open the door. There was two who could do that – Junior when he came on and Ravel (Morrison).

“Those two looked like they might do something and it was Junior who scored.”