Ferguson says Pool ‘aren’t good enough’

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Barry Ferguson admits his freefalling Blackpool team just isn’t good enough at present.

The Seasiders have now gone 100 days and 18 games since their last win, tumbling from fourth to 19th in the Championship.

Saturday’s lacklustre 1-0 home setback against Bournemouth was their third defeat on the bounce, and with the situation looking bleaker by the week stand-in boss Ferguson is running out of things to say.

He explained: “It’s difficult. I can’t keep repeating myself over and over again. I keep thinking, hoping they are going to take it on board but it didn’t happen on Saturday.

“I’m not going to keep going over things I say to them and making excuses. The simple fact is that we aren’t good enough at the moment, that’s it.

“I do the training exercises about attacking, shooting, and I give them everything they ask for. And it worries me when we go out there and only have one shot on target.

“That’s not want I want my team to be all about. Everything I work on during the week is about going for goal.”

While Blackpool can’t buy a win, relegation rivals Barnsley, Doncaster, Millwall and Yeovil all picked up three points at the weekend.

It means tomorrow’s home game against Ian Holloway’s Millwall is as big as it gets for Ferguson and his side.

But the 36-year-old is worried about his players’ ability to cope with the situation. He added: “Is it the pressure? Can they handle it? Only time will tell.

“But it’s a worrying thing which is sweeping through the place.Maybe the pressure is something the lads can’t handle. That’s a a major concern for me. There is pressure in playing football, especially where we are in the league.

“There’s a pressure to play in front of 15,000 people every week. I’ve played in front of a lot more every week and you have to rise above it.”

Pool brought Eric Black to the club last week in an attempt to provide an alternative view, which appears to be badly needed.

The former Coventry manager and Blackburn no.2 was in the directors’ box on Saturday and Ferguson hopes his fellow Scot can offer something different to turn Pool’s season around.

“It’s the first time Eric has seen the team play. He watched us train Thursday and Friday,” said Ferguson.

“He thought we were great then but not so great on Saturday. We are going to speak to him and find out what he thinks.”

Back-to-back wins have eased Bournemouth’s relegation worries and boss Eddie Howe was delighted with Saturday’s win.

“I think it meant a great deal for both sides,” he said. “We knew it was a big game.

“We were under no illusions. We knew that they would give everything to turn their season around and I think it made it a cagey affair.

“There was a lack of quality but I think it was a real gritty performance. We were very good defensively. I’m really pleased with the back-to-back clean sheets.

“I would say it was a typical away performance. We defended for our lives and defended our box really well.”