Blackpool 1-1 Doncaster: Halliday Backs Ferguson For Job

Tangerines goal hero Andy Halliday is desperate for his idol Barry Ferguson to land the Blackpool job permanently.

The former Rangers midfielder started his Bloomfield Road reign in solid style after being put in temporary charge following the sacking of Paul Ince.

He brought Halliday in on loan from Middlesbroughand the winger immediately repaid his faith with a debut strike.

“It was a great start, mixed emotions, but I’m happy to be here playing football,” said Halliday, 22.

“Barry as a manager is a different class and it’s a huge testament to him for his first game. I was a youth player at Ranger. He was a huge role model for me growing up as a fan in a Rangers mad family.

“He was a huge influence in me coming here and I’m desperate for him to get the job permanently.

“It could be daunting playing for him but, at the end of the day, you’ve got to just be proud of yourself.

“I’ve watched the guy for X amount of years and now I’m playing for him.”

Super-sub Halliday had only been on the pitch 12 minutes when he fired Blackpool in front late on.

It was no more than the home side deserved, with Doncaster keeper Ross Turnbull earlier saving superbly from Chris Basham, while Nathan Eccleston and Michael Chopra also went close.

But Ferguson was made to wait for his win as a manager, as Billy Sharp equalised with just five minutes left.

Striker Sharp only returned to the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday and was thrown straight into the starting line-up.

But not even cramp could keep him down, as he opened his account in double-quick time, flicking Dave Cotterill’s free-kick out of Matt Gilks’ reach and into the net.

And he said: “I can’t remember the last time I played 90 minutes, but I thank the gaffer for believing in me.

“I had cramp but shook it off and we dug in to get the point we deserved.”

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