Ince: Sending off was harsh

Barry Ferguson is sent off
Barry Ferguson is sent off
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PAUL Ince is delighted with his first home win as Blackpool boss, but less than impressed with Barry Ferguson’s first-half sending off.

The Scottish midfielder saw red for two bookable offences, the second a harsh call for obstruction. And the Blackpool boss wasn’t happy with the decision. He said: “It was very, very harsh.

“The first one the referee got right – it was a booking.

“But the second one, the lad had the ball and knocked it about 20 yards ahead of him. He was never going to get it.

“Barry just stayed there and the lad ran into him. It disappoints you as it could have cost us the game. It changed the dynamics of the game but the lads showed great resilience, spirit and togetherness.

“We’ll now miss Barry for Forest and I find that harsh.”

But Ince was delighted with the win and added: “I think it was thoroughly deserved.

“In the first half I thought we were outstanding. When you see chances go begging you start to wonder if it is going to be one of those days.

“We just couldn’t get that first goal. Then Barry got sent off and you start to think, ‘Here we go again’. These players are starting to show me what they are all about now.

“I’ve not actually witnessed the togetherness and spirit they’ve had in recent years but I saw in on Monday. It was a brilliant performance.”