Captaincy making Ferguson a better player, says Blackpool boss

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Neil McDonald admits handing David Ferguson the captain’s armband may have been tough but feels he’s a better player for it.

Eyebrows were raised this summer when the Blackpool boss opted for the left-back as his skipper having made just a handful of senior appearances in his career.

It’s a decision which no doubt piled pressure on the 21-year-old and led to a shaky start to the season at left-back.

Six months on McDonald admits might have been premature, but feels he’s growing into the role.

“It might be difficult for him to have the armband at such a young age,” said the boss.

“I gave it him because he impressed me in pre-season with the way he had respect of everyone else.

“He came through that early tough period and is had a bit of a rest and is back into the team again now and doing well.

“On the whole he’s done alright, but like everyone else he needs to do better.”

Lack of experience in the squad is something which many thought played a part in the difficult start to life in League One which Blackpool suffered.

Not only do the Seasiders have a young squad, it’s also one desperately short of league minutes under their belts.

And it’s know-how which will be high on McDonald’s January wish-list.

He said: “At the start of the season I brought Emmerson Boyce, Jim McAlister and David Norris in, these are all experienced players.

“If we can bring a couple more who know what football is all about because they’ve played games, well that will be brilliant.

“They are definitely out there.

“Of all the problems we’ve had here, Blackpool is still a big club to come and play for.”

One area where Pool’s recruitment has been excellent is between the sticks, with Colin Doyle arguably being the club’s player of the season so far.

After picking up injury against Barnet, McDonald was forced into the loan market to add Burton’s Dean Lyness, who has also impressed.

“Dean has been excellent, he’s made some really good saves,” said McDonald.

“He’s a shot stopper and has been excellent since he arrived.

“We are delighted Burton have let us have him to help us through our goalkeeping crisis.

“It’s great for him to get plaudits for the game against Fleetwood and hopefully he continue that form this weekend.”

Blackpool travel to Wigan on Saturday for the second time this season, after a 4-0 hammering in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Tickets are available for Pool supporters to buy on the day, priced at £20 for adults and £10 for under 18s.