Ince out-foxes old pal

Tom Ince celebrates after scoring Blackpool's last-gasp equaliser
Tom Ince celebrates after scoring Blackpool's last-gasp equaliser
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Tom Ince says his last-minute penalty equaliser against Leicester was 17 years in the making.

He fired past Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel to earn the Seasiders a 2-2 draw on a lively afternoon at Bloomfield Road.

Tom Ince hops for joy after scoring Blackpool's late equaliser

Tom Ince hops for joy after scoring Blackpool's late equaliser

And it’s not the first time the 21-year-old has gone head-to-head with Schmeichel.

He explained: “Our dads (Pool manager Paul Ince and United legend Peter Schmeichel) both played for Man United, so it was strange for us to be on the field together on Saturday.

“We used to play at Old Trafford after the games, on the pitch and in the lounges.

“He was always in goal, so it’s not the first penalty I’ve taken against him.

“I’ve known Kasper for years now and when I stepped up he was playing mind games with me.

“Still the same outcome - I always score!”

Blackpool lie fourth in the Championship, three points behind league leaders QPR.

Star man Ince has four goals in five appearances so far this season and has already set himself a target.

He said: “I’d like to add to beat what I got last season (18). I’m still a way off where I want to be, but four goals in five is a good return for me.

“The season has just begun for me and I know there’s much more to come.”

The Seasiders’ fine start has surprised many who expected a difficult season for Paul Ince’s men.

But Ince junior sees not reason why they can’t maintain their form with the spirit on display.

“We have a tremendous team spirit and that’s what’s got us so far this season.

“We were disappointed to lose at Millwall on Tuesday, but to come back here and grind out a result shows what a great mentality we have.

“It’s been a tough week but a good one. It’s another late drama to add to the list.

“In the first half we felt really comfortable. We knew the threat Leicester would pose, but going in at the break 1-0 was a nice feeling. But we didn’t start in the second half at all.”

Although Pool’s unbeaten start to the season was ended at Millwall, they remain unbeaten at home, and that’s something Ince wants to continue.

“We’ve only lost once at home since my old man came in,” he stressed. “We are showing some real resilience.

“We need to make sure we keep it tight at the back because we have plenty of firepower going forward.”