Barry Ferguson insists Blackpool “totally dominated” last night’s clash with Bolton, despite losing 1-0.
The Seasiders had much of the play after David Wheater’s 10th-minute strike but couldn’t find an equaliser.
And it was a result which left the boss Pool boss cursing his luck.
Ferguson said: “I thought we dominated the full game.
“I didn’t think it was tight. I thought we should have won the game and were the better team.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“One set-piece let us down. That’s the only thing I can complain about.
“I thought the boys were different class. Their effort and spirit I’ve never questioned.
“I thought we dominated the game and got the ball down well. We just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.
“They had a couple of chances when we made mistakes, but in the second half we dominated play.
“I can’t fault the players’ effort and performance. We just need that little bit of confidence, although we have more since the two home wins.”
While three teams below Pool (Barnsley, Birmingham and Charlton) won last night, Ferguson’s side remain 18th and nine points above the relegation zone.
But that was no consolation to the boss, who added: “The gap hasn’t changed. It’s still nine points but it should be 12.
“Do I feel safe with us being nine points above the drop zone? No, I do not feel we are comfortable at all.
“We’ll just move on to Saturday and be ready for QPR, but I still feel we are no way near safety yet.”
Pool have lost 10 of their last 11 away games, drawing the other, though Ferguson believes last night’s display was the most positive on the road since he took charge.
“But I’d have rather have been murdered and taken three points,” he said. “I just need to find a way of playing well and winning. We went with a game plan to dominate the game and in terms of possession we did that.
“We created a number of chances but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. Anyone who was at the game would have seen that we dominated. We just couldn’t get the break.”
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman said: “I felt we started the game very well and got a goal.
“We adapted our shape and made it a bit more difficult for them. We deserved that 1-0 win because of the way we approached the game in the final 25 minutes.”