Table toppers hold no fear for Barry

Barry Ferguson
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Barry Ferguson insists Blackpool aren’t travelling to Leicester tomorrow just to make up the numbers.

Many predict an easy afternoon for Nigel Pearson’s table toppers who have won 12 of their last 14 games.

But the Seasiders make the trip on the back of their first win in 19 games, and Ferguson is sure his side can cause an upset.

“Leicester are flying now, they are on a great run, but I’m not fearing going there,” he said.

“I know all their players anyway and that they are a good team, I am not going to hide from that.

“But we are going there to try and get a result.

“It doesn’t bother me what players they’ve got, it doesn’t concern me and it better not concern my players.

“If we are concerned about how good they are then we are in real trouble.

“I’m not going to take it away from them, they are a good team on a great run.

“That’s why they are up near the top of the league.

“But we can’t go there worried or scared.”

Blackpool’s away record is pretty poor, losing eight of their nine most recent matches on the road.

They lie nine points away from the Championship 
drop-zone at present, but Pool’s stand-in boss wants his team to ignore the league position.

Ferguson said: “My mentality from day one is that I don’t care who I’m playing against.

“It’s important to respect people before the game, but once you cross the white line all respect goes out of the window. I’m positive and I’m going there to get a result because we need to kick on.

“I don’t want anyone thinking just because we’ve won a game we are OK.

“It’s great we got three points, but there’s more games to go.”

The Seasiders took pressure off themselves a little with Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Millwall, but are far from out of the relegation battle.

And the threat of the drop is something Ferguson hopes his players thrive on.

“I put pressure on myself so there’s always pressure,” he said.

“That’s what I want around this place, we need to be able to handle the pressure to play in big games.

“If we’ve got confidence about us then we are a good team. Right now the confidence isn’t what I want it, so it’s my job to get it.”