A huge pressure was lifted off the shoulders of Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson after his team managed a 1-0 win over Millwall. This result helped them move away from the drop zone for the time being. Ferguson was recently brought on as the new manager of the club during the January transfer window.
However, results have not improved even after his arrival, which threatened to increase talk about his future at the club. This win, however, helps Blackpool open a nine-point advantage to the drop zone with just over 12 matches remaining.
Yeovil Town occupy the final relegation spots and Ferguson recently warned the club and its players that they are certainly involved in a relegation dogfight. It was only a few years ago that Blackpool were in the Premier league under the management of Ian Holloway. Even though they are run prudently, it will still be disastrous for the club to get demoted to the League One. Paul Ince was unable to maintain the results at Blackpool, while the sale of key players like Tom Ince was expected to burden Ferguson even further.
However, the 1-0 victory thanks to goals from former Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller in the 14th minute reduces the pressure on the club.
"Since I've took over the fans have been excellent - when I've passed them in the street, when I've bumped into them. Since I've been here they've always been behind me, even when I was playing they were always behind me, even though we were going through a difficult period. This is probably the most difficult period I've ever known in football, not just with myself. They were excellent today,” said the manager after the match.
Blackpool next visit Leicester City, who are flying high in the table with a seven-point advantage over the chasing pack.