Ferguson: Time to finish the job

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Barry Ferguson has called on his Blackpool players to “finish the job” against Charlton.

The Seasiders go into Saturday’s 12.15pm kick-off knowing a point will be enough to keep them in the Championship for another season.

Pool can only be relegated if they lose to Charlton and the Birmingham, Doncaster and Millwall results all go against them.

The odds against them going down have lengthened to 70/1 with one bookmaker, but Ferguson wants his side to make sure of survival against the Addicks.

“We have to get the job done now and the job is far from done,” he said.

“The preparation started for Charlton last Saturday night.

“We know it will be a difficult game but I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m not taking anything lightly just because we got a good result and performance on Saturday.

“I’ve had the players in this week working as hard as ever towards Charlton. My players will be ready.”

Blackpool sit three points and three places above the relegation zone, a position they would certainly have settled for over Easter, when the home defeat by Burnley dumped them into the bottom three.

Many Seasiders fans feared the drop then, but Ferguson insists he has never doubted Pool would survive.

He said: “I’ve never once mentioned the dreaded ‘R’ word but others have.

“I’ve always believed in the boys in the dressing room and in the staff.

“I just kept going and the hard work paid off last Saturday, when we won at Wigan.

“But we aren’t going to rest – it’s all about Charlton now.”

Charlton arrive at Bloomfield Road with nothing to play for after Tuesday’s win over Watford secured their survival.

But Pool are also in form after taking four points from two games against play-off contenders Brighton and Wigan, and Ferguson added: “I thought that was coming, although there was probably only me who did.

“I see the players day in, day out and I know what it means to them to play for Blackpool.

“They play for themselves too. They have pride in themselves and they’ve proved that.

“We have quality in this team. I know it’s inside them because I train them every day. It’s coming out a bit later than I wanted but it’s come and that’s the main thing for me.”