Paul Ince was delighted for everyone at the club after Blackpool finally ensured their survival with a game to spare, writes WILLIAM WATT.
The Blackpool boss has had to steady the ship since taking over in February, with Pool beaten in only three of his 13 games in charge
Ince said: “I feel great for the fans and the players. You could see the pressure on them all, so it’s great to be safe at last. Everyone at the club should be very proud of how they have responded.”
And despite leaving it late, Ince felt the 2-1 home win over Derby was a fair result.
He said: “I think we thoroughly deserved to win the game.
“I told the lads I wanted them to start early and start quickly as we didn’t know what mindset Derby would be in. We got the early goal and I thought that might settle us a bit.”
However, Tom Ince failed to ease Pool’s nerves by missing a first-half penalty.
His father said: “It wasn’t a penalty as far as I’m concerned but we take it.
“You expect Thomas to score and kill off the game, but he didn’t and he’s obviously disappointed about it. If he put that away we would have won comfortably.”
Late chances for Nathan Delfouneso and first goal scorer Gary Taylor-Fletcher went begging and Ince admitted he was starting to fear the worst.
He added: “When Fletch gets one cleared off the lined and Delfouneso hits the bar you start to wonder that maybe it’s not going to be our day.
“But you look for a hero in situations like that, and one came along for us in Ludo. He was fantastic again.”