Davies: It’s time we stood up to be counted

Blackburn Rovers' Matthew Kilgallon vies for possession with Blackpool's Steven Davies
Blackburn Rovers' Matthew Kilgallon vies for possession with Blackpool's Steven Davies
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Steven Davies has called on his Blackpool team-mates to stand up and be counted in order to drag themselves out of their “horrific run”.

The Seasiders slumped to yet another defeat at Blackburn on Saturday, their 11th in a 13-match winless run.

Goals by David Dunn and Grant Hanley condemned Pool to a 2-0 defeat at Ewood Park, and Davies believes it’s down to the players to sort things out.

The striker said: “We all have to look in the mirror and stand up and be counted.

“I think it’s time we stepped up. There are a lot of big characters in this team. We all have to look at ourselves now, even the quiet ones in the squad.

“We are on a horrific run.I can’t say I’ve ever been on one like it.

“We have to drag ourselves out of this. No-one else can do it.”

Davies is one of the few Pool players to have come out of the last two defeats with credit.

The 26-year-old looks to be gaining fitness and scored a stunning goal in Tuesday’s 5-1 hammering at Reading.

But he feels there’s no reason Blackpool should be on such a run. He added: “I look around this squad and I wouldn’t want to be in any other team. There’s enough at this club to turn this around easily.

“Last year I was at Bristol City and was surprised we went down. But at this club you see the quality and we all want to work for each other.

“I look at Barry Ferguson, and we are all desperate to go out and get the points for him. We want to make sure he gets the (manager’s) job.

“I’ve been brought up knowing that no-one gives you anything in life. Everything you get you have to work for. I’m certainly not going to jack this in. I’m going to work hard to turn this around.”

Blackpool had plenty of the ball on Saturday without creating chances and were still in the game until Hanley’s 82nd- minute header.

“Every game is tough but on Saturday we felt hard done by,” added Liverpudlian Davies.

“The first goal was bad defending – no-one should be able to run through the middle of us. The second goal was a sloppy one and it sort of knocked the stuffing out of us. We should have kept both goals out.

“We didn’t create too many chances but I think we were well and truly on top at times.

“We aren’t bottom of the league or cut adrift. We are on a horrendous run but we are still 15th and nine points above the bottom three.

“We are back in training this week and giving it our all.”