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Ferguson happy with Blackpool

Barry Ferguson believes Blackpool's recent performances have answered those who questioned their commitment.

The Seasiders pulled off a surprising 2-0 win at play-off chasing Wigan on Saturday, scoring more than once in a game for the first time in 29 fixtures and lifting themselves out of the drop-zone and three points clear of danger.

It was only the club's third win since November and increased their chances of staying up, despite an alarming slide down the table over the course of the previous five months.

Caretaker player-manager Ferguson insists it also provided an emphatic response to critics with the Blackpool Supporters Association openly questioning the desire of the players recently.

They wrote an open letter to the players earlier this month, which was read out to the squad by captain Gary MacKenzie, which accused some of lacking 'pride', 'spirit' and 'fight'.

However, speaking after Saturday's win - which came on the back of a credible 1-1 draw at Brighton, Ferguson thinks his players have always displayed all those qualities.

"It's a group of players that people have been questioning at Blackpool," the Scot admitted to journalists.

"In the last three games if people can't see they're committed they've got a serious problem. They ran themselves into the ground and gave me everything I asked. I thought they were excellent.

"I see them day in, day out; I know what it means to them to go out and play for Blackpool and play for themselves as well. They have pride in themselves and I'm really pleased for them."

Both Charlton and Birmingham play on Tuesday night and the Tangerines will be watching how they fare with interest.

Even so, the Seasiders are in a much better position than the one they found themselves in before events at the DW Stadium with Millwall and Doncaster now both below them.

"It will be a difficult game because Charlton have been in good form of late," Ferguson added of the final game of the season showdown.

"We'll look forward it but I've said to the boys they can be proud of it because the spirit and effort has been phenomenal. I'm just glad they're proving certain people wrong."