Ince: I’ve never experienced anything like this

Paul Ince
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Paul Ince is desperate for a dull and boring week at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders have had just about everything thrown at them since Ince took over as boss in February.

On Saturday they managed a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest despite having no captain and five first-team players unavailable.

And the fact that the manager himself was banned from the stadium shows just how big a win it was.

Following another FA charge for failing to control their players against Blackburn, Pool are desperate for things to get back to normal.

Ince said: “I’ve never experienced anything like this, never.

“It’s a challenge, everything’s a challenge.

“Every time you come to work, especially at Blackpool, you’re hit by a challenge.

“Just when you think you are having a smooth week, something will crop up.

“It annoys me and sometimes it can really cap your energy. To have problem after problem can be tough.

“But at the same time I really enjoy it and I think the lads do too.

“The players know the situation and just shrug it off.”

Blackpool lie fourth in the Championship, having lost only one of their 14 games so far.

It’s a situation Ince never imagined at the start of pre-season.

He said: “When I was sat in Portugal with eight senior players, I wondered where things were going.

“But I’d like to think we’ve come through it now. I’m actually starting to enjoy the challenge now.”

After Pool had won five of their opening six games, many suggested their first defeat at Millwall could signal a downturn in form. Not so.

Pool have gone seven games without defeat, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five.

“We have surprised a lot of people with what we’ve done,” added Ince.

“I’m not sure many teams could go through what we’ve been through in the last four months and perform how we have.

“That’s a real credit to the lads, the fans and everyone at Blackpool.”