Apr 18, 2014 at 5.15pm UK at ​Bloomfield Road

Osbourne (63')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Kightly (49')
Marney (62')

Barry Ferguson: 'Fans have every right to protest'

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson looks on during the Championship match against Reading on January 28, 2014
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Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson admits that the supporters have every right to protest against chairman Karl Oyston, but wishes they would not do so during games.

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson has revealed that it was only the timing of the demonstrations at Bloomfield Road on Friday that he had a problem with.

The Tangerines lost 1-0 to Lancashire rivals Burnley - a fourth consecutive Championship defeat which leaves them only three points above the relegation zone.

In the aftermath of Michael Kightly's match-winning goal, hundreds of tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch in protest of chairman Karl Oyston's running of the club during their slide down the table.

Ferguson has refused to criticise the supporters who took part in the incident, but did admit that it would be less of a distraction if they were to not demonstrate during play in the future.

"The fans have got every right to demonstrate if they don't like the chairman or the board," Ferguson told reporters.

"I would just rather they do it before the game or after the game. At that stage, we were on top of them. It doesn't affect me. The fans have been great with me and showed their support for the boys."

Blackpool play relegation rivals Millwall in their next Championship fixture on Monday.

Michael Kightly of Burnley celebrates his goal with team mates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Burnley at Bloomfield Road on April 18, 2014
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