McGahey shining light for Pool on difficult evening

Burnley's Danny Ings up against Blackpool's Harrison McGahey
Burnley's Danny Ings up against Blackpool's Harrison McGahey
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One real positive on another difficult day for Blackpool was the performance of Harrison McGahey.

The 18-year-old youth team star was thrown in at the deep end by stand-in boss Barry Ferguson after injury ruled out regular centre-half Gary MacKenzie.

And McGahey stood out for the Seasiders with a cool and composed display which left his boss delighted.

“Harrison was excellent,” said Ferguson. “He would have been in the team two or three weeks ago but I just didn’t think things were right.

“But I thought he was ready this time and I had no problems at all putting him in.

“He made a couple of wee errors but that was to be expected for someone so young.

“He will save Blackpool a few quid in the future. He’s going to be a big player.”

Pool’s performance was an improvement on recent matches and Ferguson felt they deserved a point. He said: “I thought we should have got something. One bit of quality won them the game in the end.

“In the first half we were first to every ball and after the break they were always going to have a period of play.

“But they weren’t troubling us until the boy cut inside and hit a wonder-strike.

“It’s just not working for us in attack. I thought we played better than they did but we just aren’t getting that bit of luck. That’s the story of Blackpool this year, I’m afraid.”

The players’ commitment and effort has been questioned in recent weeks and Ferguson added: “I’ve always reassured everyone that the group of boys we have on the pitch give everything and they showed that.

“I’m seeing it from a different side now. I realise how much the players gave.

“The wee bit of quality we need isn’t there at the moment but I won’t use that as an excuse. We need to move on.”