We are in a dogfight, says Pool boss

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Barry Ferguson admits his Blackpool team are now in a dogfight and “staring relegation in the face”.

Pool threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Birmingham on Saturday, a result which leaves them 18th in the table.

Ferguson’s men are four places and eight points clear of the drop-zone, though the bottom three all have games in hand on Pool.

It’s now 16 games since the Seasiders’ last victory but Ferguson is adamant he will get them out of trouble.

“We are in a dogfight,” he said. “I hope the boys have the stomach to get out of it because I have.

“I have the fight and I have the determination, and I’d like to think the players are the same.

“The players are professionals. If I can’t raise them for this battle, then I won’t be here.

“I have players in the dressing room with a strong mentality. It’s roll-your-sleeves-up time again.”

As for Pool’s third defeat in his six games in charge, Ferguson added: “We started really well but it was the same old story.

“We ended up with no points at all and we are staring relegation in the face now.”

Andy Keogh fired Pool ahead before a second half brace from Lee Novak broke Pool’s hearts.

Ferguson feels his side should have won, saying: “I’m not happy. I wasn’t happy at half-time despite us being in the lead.

“The simple thing is we aren’t clinical enough.

“I told the boys (at half-time) that the game should have been dead and buried with the number of chances we had.

“Even after Robbo (Jack Robinson) was sent off, I wanted to try to win the game.

“We just aren’t taking the chances we are creating.

“You can’t dominate a game like we did and not take the three points.”

Birmingham have climbed two places above Pool and their manager Lee Clark saluted a seventh league victory on the road this season.

Clark said: “It was even more important when I see other results in the Championship. Teams behind us have won, so it’s huge for us.

“We’re still really aware of what’s going on behind us. We’re not ignorant or arrogant enough to think that’s us done and dusted.”