Paul Ince begged Blackpool’s fans not to underestimate Saturday’s win, writes WILLIAM WATT.
The victory over struggling Sheffield Wednesday, who yesterday sacked manager Dave Jones, moved fourth-placed Pool within four points of the top two.
But after Ricardo Fuller’s early goal, Bloomfield Road went a little flat as though fans almost expected the victory.
And that’s something manager Ince is desperate to avoid.
The Pool boss said: “I won’t let the players take their foot off the pedal, so neither can the fans. We have to understand we have created this expectancy because of how well we’ve done.
“They have to understand that every game is a tough game for us with our squad. All I ask is that they stick with us and carry on backing the lads.”
After a pretty dull first half, Ince revealed a half-time telling-off sparked exactly the response he wanted from his players. But he also credits the supporters for lifting the side to victory.
He added: “Once the fans did get behind us they got a real response. In the first half it was a bit quiet and we can’t be like that as a club. In the second half the crowd woke up and we should have won four or five.
“This was always going to be a tough game. I had a bit of a go at the players at half-time and got an excellent response.
“The first half was a bit gritty. We played lovely football last season and nearly went down. We aren’t now.”
Ince’s side controlled much of the season half before Dan Gosling’s calm finish sealed the win.
And the Pool boss feels the result was well deserved. “Overall I thought we were by far the better side,” he said.
“We got the early goal and maybe that wasn’t the best thing for us. We got a little bit complacent, maybe thinking it was just Sheffield Wednesday and it was going to be easy.
“In the first half it was anything but. They had two big chances. At half-time I had a go at the lads but in the second half it was one-way traffic, I thought.”