Fergie: That’s what I expect now

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Barry Ferguson says the only disappointing aspect of Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Nottingham Forest is that his Blackpool side didn’t pick up all three points, writes WILLIAM WATT.

Though Ferguson was delighted with the display in his fourth game as stand-in boss, Pool’s winless run has stretched to 14 matches.

The Scot said: “We should have got the three points, simple as that.

“We were the better team and I think anyone watching the game would have seen that.

“We had a crazy minute towards the end of the first half again, which I wasn’t happy about. We gave a stupid free-kick away and didn’t defend it right.

“But the effort, commitment and some of our play was different class.

“I’ve told the lads that’s what I expect now. They have proved to me against a good Nottingham Forest side that they are good players and a good team.

“We more than competed and were the better team. The only disappointment was that we didn’t win the game.”

With Pool trailing, Ferguson took a gamble by throwing on three attacking substitutes for the final quarter of the match.

He joked: “After I put the three on, I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing?’ But I thought we had to go for it.

“We were on top and I went for the three attack-minded players.

“I took Angel Martinez off, even though I thought he was excellent.

“I thought it paid off and I couldn’t be more proud of the lads. The effort was there for everyone to see.”

After Andy Keogh’s late equaliser, Pool piled forward and had a big shout for a penalty in stoppage time, when Tony McMahon appeared to be fouled in the box.

But honest as ever, Ferguson admitted: “I didn’t really see it but I was shouting anyway. It’s worth a go, isnt’ it?

“We haven’t had much luck lately, so we were probably never going it get it.”

The draw keeps Pool in 16th place but Forest manager Billy Davies believes they are a much better side than their position suggests.

“It was a fair result probably,” Davies said.

“We had the first half and they had the second half.”

“Conditions played a huge part in the way the game was played.

“It was very windy, very wet, the pitch was bobbly and soggy.

“I think the wind made us go too deep but you’ve got to give Blackpool credit for the second half.

“I’ve come to this club with very strong teams and picked up nothing.

“I think they’re in the wrong position with the teamsheets they can put out.

“We could look back on this game and realise this is a very valuable point.

“It was a very good away point and now we’re 15 games undefeated.”