Fergie rues dropped points

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Barry Ferguson wasn’t happy with what looked like a good draw at Ipswich – he wanted the win, writes WILLIAM WATT.

Blackpool created plenty of chances without making the breakthrough on a wet and windy afternoon in Suffolk.

The stand-in boss said: “It was two points lost definitely. We were disappointing in the first five minutes and I had a wee go at them.

“From there on in we were excellent, even though they put us under pressure at the end. We went on the attack to get the three points, which I think we deserved.”

“I’d rather have a go. That is my philosophy and the way I want to go while I’m in this position.

“You saw on Saturday we were positive from the word go and I’m disappointed. That is what I said to them but the commitment and effort were different class.”

The draw at Portman Road came a week after Pool took a point from another promotion-chasing side, Nottingham Forest, and Ferguson believes they should have won both games.

He added: “I said from the start that once I get the chance to work with the boys all week they will see what type of formation I want to play.

“I’ve now had two weeks (full) to work with them on the training ground and it is probably four points dropped, which is the biggest disappointment for myself.

“In the two games we were the better team and could have got the four extra points we badly needed.

“Ipswich have been on a great run and are difficult to beat at home, so we’re going in the right direction.”

Saturday’s was a game of few chances, although three did fall the way of Pool midfielder Faris Haroun.

However, it was the workrate of the Seasiders which pleased boss Ferguson most.

“I demand hard work, you can see that,” he said. “That kind of workrate and effort is what I want from my team and there is a bit of quality into the bargain, so it’s all coming together.

“We just need to get that three points but at least we’re moving in the right direction – coming away from Ipswich disappointed with not winning.”

The draw left Ipswich two points outside the play-off places and with a frustrated manager in Mick McCarthy.

He said: “We started really well and had the best chances but didn’t take them. The game then developed into a scrap but the conditions were not great.

“We could have won it but we could have lost it. We probably shaded it but we didn’t play well enough to win the game.

“Blackpool have been on a bad run but they are fighting for Barry Ferguson and they are no mugs.”