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Ince wants more work on the defence

Paul Ince salutes the Blackpool fans

Paul Ince salutes the Blackpool fans

PAUL Ince has made tightening things up at the back his number one priority at Bloomfield Road.

Second half goals from David Norris and Steve Morrison saw the Seasiders go down 2-0 to Leeds United last night – their third defeat in four games.

The new Blackpool boss has only been in charge for two days after replacing Michael Appleton, but he’s already highlighted what he thinks is the side’s biggest weakness.

“There’s a common theme,” said Ince.

“I’ve watched this team for 14 months, and they are always conceding goals.

“I don’t know if this squad have done much work on organisation and defending set piece, but they will do next week.

“The statistics say the lads haven’t done enough work on that, that has to change.”

Pool saw a number of decent chances go begging in the first half, before going behind first in a game for the 23rd time in 33 matches so far this season.

And despite a disappointing first result as Blackpool boss, Ince was quick to take the positives.

He said: “I thought the performance was very good.

“In the first half we were really unlucky to be on the end of two very good Paddy Kenny saves.

“If either of those went in, then it would have made everything much more comfortable.

“We went in at half time feeling very comfortable, with a clean sheet.

“I told the lads it was so important for us to go out there after the break and get the first goal.

“If we’d have done that we’d have gone on to win the game comfortably.”

Despite looking good after the half-time break, Leeds got themselves ahead on 57 minutes against the run of play.

And while Pool pushed forward for an equaliser, Morrison’s 63rd minute strike effectively killed of any chance of a comeback.

“We lost the ball in the middle of the park and they went up the other end and scored,” said Ince on Leeds’ first goal.

“We then went gung-ho to try and get back into the game.

“Sometimes you have to think about your organisation.

“We have to change that ‘they’ll score one, but we’ll score two mindset’, which isn’t going to be easy.

“After they scored we tried to chase the game to get back into it.

“To be fair to did OK, we just didn’t get that break and goal which would have seen us go on to get something from the game.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the result, you always are when you lose, but we have to look at the performance.”

 

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