Ince looking forward to away days

Bloomfield Road pitch
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PLAYING away from Bloomfield Road could be just what Blackpool need, according to boss Paul Ince.

Pool’s much talked-about pitch has made playing football almost impossible in recent games, with the Seasiders drawing their previous two there 0-0.

But they are on the road tonight against Birmingham and visit Watford on Saturday.

And Ince thinks getting on to a decent pitch could see his side’s fortunes change.

“Tonight is a different game on a different pitch,” he said.

“The pitch will be right and we’ll be able to play our football.

“The lads are positive still in the dressing room and slowly the confidence is coming back.

“We love coming here and playing in front of our fans, but you can sense the frustrations from everyone about the pitch. But it is what it is – we can’t change it.

“It’s going to be nice to get away and play. We are looking forward to it. That’s not because we don’t like playing at Bloomfield Road. We are just looking forward to playing on a decent pitch.”

Ince is looking for his first win as Blackpool boss tonight and a victory which would lift them away from the dreaded relegation zone.

He said: “If we can get a win on tonight, then four points out of two games isn’t a bad return. It doesn’t matter how they come – a draw on Saturday and a win on Tuesday would do me. Hopefully we can go away now and create some chances.

“It’s how you want to look at things, half full, or half empty. I think it’s half full here.”

Blackpool’s players trained yesterday before travelling to the Midlands first thing this morning. Unused players like Gerardo Bruna and Nathan Eccleston played for the club’s development squad against Preston yesterday.

A trialist striker and Tom Barkhuizen were on the score sheet in a 3-2 loss to their derby rivals.

Curtis Thompson and Matt Challoner both caught the eye for Pool.

Former Cardiff defender Lee Naylor, who has been on trial for two weeks, limped off at half-time with an ankle injury.