Ince: I’m not under pressure

Blackpool manager Paul Ince
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
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Paul Ince insists he is not under pressure despite his Blackpool side taking just one point from seven games.

Two second-half goals handed lowly Sheffield Wednesday victory over a confidence-zapped Pool side at Hillsborough yesterday.

Many fans are questioning the manager but Ince insists he will turn things around.

“I don’t feel under pressure, not at all,” he told The Gazette.

“I have a very good chairman, who knows where we are as a club.

“Obviously it’s not nice to hear some of the things the fans say but I never feel under pressure.

“Why should I? We aren’t in the bottom three and last season we almost went down.

“We have 32 points. We’d like to have more but once we get our strongest side back we’ll be OK.

“I’ve been in the game too long to feel pressure. I’m a lucky man to be managing Blackpool but I want results.”

Pool have tumbled to 12th in the Championship but Ince says he won’t be considering his future until he has at least got his strongest XI back in action.

He added: “When you go on runs like this people question the manager, but they weren’t when we were winning games.

“When we were winning we had our strongest XI. If things haven’t changed when I do have my strongest side, then maybe I’ll have to make a decision but I certainly won’t when I have two or three players out.”

After a pitch inspection on a rainsoaked afternoon in South Yorkshire, Blackpool never recovered from two goals in six minutes by Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire.

Ince said: “It was a bad start to the second half for us. We did the same at Burnley.

“First half I thought we played well and looked comfortable.

“I was quite happy at half-time but once again we found ourselves 1-0 down and chasing the game.

“I’m sick and tired of it happening and before we knew it we were out of the game.”

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker-manager Stuart Gray was pleased with his side’s improvement after half-time.

Gray said: “I was disappointed with our first-half performance. We didn’t play at a high enough intensity.

“We dominated the second half, which was good. We were on the front foot and moved the ball early.

“If anything, we should have had more goals but the pleasing thing was the 2-0 win and the three points.

“I’m pleased that we kept a clean sheet and created a number of chances.

“Connor Wickham has a great habit of being in the right positions. We’re delighted that Sunderland have agreed to extend his stay here.

“Connor is a young lad who’s getting valuable experience playing at a good level. He’s getting success and rewards for the hard work he’s putting in.

“I enjoyed the second goal because there were two players fighting for it. Chris Maguire has come back in and done well in the last two games.

“He’s set his standards now and he’s got to keep them high.”

On his own position, Gray added: “I’m on a game-to-game basis, so I imagine I will be preparing the team for Macclesfield (in the FA Cup third round). I’ll carry on until I am told different.”