Ferguson on ‘great’ Blackpool point

Blackpool's players celebrate Stephen Dobbie's goal
Blackpool's players celebrate Stephen Dobbie's goal
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Barry Ferguson was overjoyed at yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, even though it wasn’t enough to lift Blackpool out of the relegation zone.

The stand-in boss, who wasn’t fit enough to play, said the point could prove vital come the end of the season.

“I’m happy because Brighton are a good team,” he said. “I told the lads we may well have only got one point from two games over Easter but it’s a great point.

“On Friday we matched a side who were going for promotion (Burnley secured their place in the Premier League yesterday) and then at Brighton we were excellent. We played some great stuff and kept our shape.”

Following a positive first-half display, Pool were stung by Dale Stephens’ wonderful strike a minute after the restart only for Stephen Dobbie to respond with an even better goal three minutes later.

Ferguson added: “Against Burnley we got a reaction after going a goal down but didn’t manage to score. This time we got a quick goal back. It was a great goal and it shows how much the boys are fighting.

“It’s always a test to go a goal down but the lads proved they are more than up to that test. All in all it was a great point.”

Ferguson made substitutions in the knowledge his team needs another win to survive. He explained: “I tried to win the game with my changes and I’ll always try to win games. I wanted three points and we need more points from our final two games now.”

Having played in the last two games, the 36-year-old explained his absence. “I couldn’t move. My ankle was no good. I’ll take it day by day.”