Furious Barry blasts poor Pool display

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A furious Barry Ferguson blasted his Blackpool side after their horror display at Watford.

A terrible performance saw the Seasiders lose 4-0 to the Hornets, casting major doubts over the long-term future of the club’s players and stand-in manager.

A 17-match winless run has seen Pool tumble from fourth in the Championship into the bottom six and Ferguson pulled no punches afterwards.

“We simply weren’t good enough.The players know they let themselves down,” he said.

“What was said in the dressing room will remain between those four walls ... but you can pretty much guess!

“The performance is a major worry. I was brought up a winner and I’ll always be a winner.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be in charge here, but whenever I’ve not played well I’ve always given 100 per cent. I’ve always worked my backside off but that didn’t happen on Saturday.

“It took bringing Bish (Neal Bishop) and Bash (Chris Basham) on at half-time to get a reaction for about 20 minutes.

“Then they scored and we felt sorry for ourselves again. That’s been a problem for a number of months here.”

Pool fell to their ninth defeat in 10 away games as doubles from Troy Deeney and Mathias Ranegie sealed a Hornets win which was all too comfortable.

Pool appeared to give up at times and showed very few signs of the fight which will be needed to keep them in the Championship.

And with the majority of the squad out of contract in the summer, Ferguson questioned their commitment.

He added: “There are five players here who are contracted for next season. The rest are out of contract and that includes the players on loan.

“If they want to get themselves a club, they aren’t weren’t going the right way about it on Saturday.

“The quality of goals we conceded is a major worry.

“All I can do is put together training sessions, and go through corners and free-kicks over and over again.

“The simple fact is that if you don’t pick up your man they will score goals and that’s what happened.

“It needed men out there to take the game by the scruff of the neck and there was nobody there to do that.”