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Ince up for the test at Leeds

Blackpool's Barry Ferguson is back in contention tonight.

Blackpool's Barry Ferguson is back in contention tonight.

  • by William Watt
 

PAUL Ince thinks Elland Road is the perfect place to start his Blackpool managerial career.

The Seasiders travel to face Leeds United tonight, boosted by the appointment of a new manager.

Former England skipper Ince was unveiled on Monday night, 38 days after Michael Appleton quit to join Blackburn.

And the 45-year-old can’t wait to get going.

“It’s a fantastic game to start on,” said Ince.

“Elland Road is a fantastic stadium, so it will be brilliant to go there on tonight night.

“We know it will be a battle. They are close to where we are in the league. But after losing on Saturday I know all the lads are desperate to get back into things. If you can’t be up for a game like Leeds away then you shouldn’t be in football.

“We know what Neil Warnock’s teams are like, so we’ll need to be brave.”

While he only officially took the role on Monday, Ince was in the stands for Saturday’s defeat at Ipswich.

He spoke to the players after the game, something which has helped him hit the ground running at Bloomfield Road.

And he intends to learn from the weekend’s mistakes.

Ince said: “Against Ipswich it was disappointing as their fans were quiet and apprehensive.

“If we’d have got the early goals, which we should have done, then we would have won the game comfortably. So we need to go and silence their crowd tonight.

“If we can do that, then we are doing well.

“We want to get the ball down and pass it, if we can do that we’ll be fine.”

Pool face two games in four days now, with Leicester the visitors to Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

With that in mind, Ince has hinted at changes to his side tonight.

“You are always looking to make changes, but I won’t change too much,” he said.

“It’s a case for me sitting down and looking at what we’ve got in terms of options.

“Three games in a week might be a bit too much for some players.

“We have players like Chris Basham who have played a lot of games lately.

“Fortunately in midfield we have a lot of options if we want to change things.”

While the likes of Barry Ferguson could come back into contention for tonight’s game, Ince says constant changes aren’t something he likes doing.

“I don’t like changing the team too much,” he revealed.

“You don’t get consistent results by changing your team all the time.

“At some point we’ll look at the team and think this is our best line-up.

“If the players in the side don’t do it, then they’ll be changed.”

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