Angry Barry holds dressing room lock-in

Steven Davies fires Blackpool's only goal last night
Steven Davies fires Blackpool's only goal last night
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Barry Ferguson locked his Blackpool players in the dressing room after last night’s 5-1 hammering at Reading.

The stand-in boss made his feelings known after Adam Le Fondre scored a hat-trick on an evening to forget for the Seasiders.

Steven Davies fired a stunning consolation goal, which turned out to be the only bright spot of the evening.

And Ferguson revealed that he left his players in no doubt over his feelings.

“I’m angry as I’m a passionate guy,” he said. “I was in the dressing room with them for 25 minutes and asked questions of every single player.

“One thing is for sure, we need to get our act together, but what was said in the dressing room will stay in there.

“We are a team, so I’m not going to start picking out names in public. But we had a good chat and spoke some truths.”

After a bright start, Pool conceded two poor goals which left them up against it at half-time.

Le Fondre scored both in a 10-minute spell before Pavel Pogrebnyak made it 3-0 early in the second period.

Davies gave Blackpool hope with a thumping shot from long distance but Le Fondre coolly completed his treble, taking his tally for the season to 13, and Hal Robson-Kanu added the fifth in the 82nd minute.

And Ferguson called for his players to stand up and be counted.

He said: “In the end it was individual errors which cost us the game.

“We started OK, then had a crazy 10 minutes when we created two crazy goals for them.”

Ferguson’s future isn’t yet clear, with chairman Karl Oyston yet to decide whether to give the former Scotland captain, who will be 36 on Sunday, the manager’s job.

Blackpool’s travelling support chanted Ferguson’s name throughout the game, despite the disappointing scoreline.

“I am just getting on with the job,” Ferguson said. “It’s something the chairman needs to decide on.

“It was nice to hear the fans chanting my name and backing me. They had travelled a long way.

“Obviously the supporters are just as disappointed as I am but I’ll keep giving my best.”

Pool have fallen to 15th in the Championship, nine points above the relegation zone.

They have not won in 12 games, losing 10 of them.