Ince wants season ending today

Gary Taylor-Fletcher could start in attack for Pool today
Gary Taylor-Fletcher could start in attack for Pool today
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Paul Ince believes his Blackpool side are already safe from relegation but wants one more win to make sure.

The Seasiders face Derby in the final home game of the season at Bloomfield Road this afternoon, knowing victory will confirm their place in the Championship.

They are four points and five places above the drop zone on 55 points with only two games to play, and Ince is confident his side has already done enough.

“I’ve not changed my opinion, I still think 55 points will be enough,” he said.

“When you look at the fixtures, it would take an awful lot to happen for us to go down.

“It must be 500/1 for us to go down but we just have to go and do a job against Derby to make sure.

“If anyone goes down on 55 points they will be the unluckiest manager ever.

“The clubs down there have some tough games but we just need to do our job and put them to bed. Before Brighton we picked up eight points out of 12. If we can pick up one more it will be job done.”

Ince is desperate for his side to bounce back from that 6-1 hammering on the south coast.

He said: “We are back at home. I want a response and a reaction, not just for me but for the fans too.

“It’s been fine this week. Saturday was disappointing but the lads have put it to bed now and are focused on Derby.

“It’s like when you fall off a your bike as a kid – you just want to get back on straight away.

“It’s a shame we didn’t play on Tuesday but we have the chance to put it right on Saturday.”

Derby arrive at Bloomfield Road in good form, having won four of their last seven games.

But they have little to play for and Ince isn’t sure what to expect from them.

“Derby had a great result against Leeds lately. We know they are very good at home,” he said.

“With them being safe, it could be one of those where you don’t know which Derby we’ll face.

“Nigel Clough might change the team as he wants to look at people for next season. It’s hard to second-guess. They will be relaxed, so they could be very dangerous.

“We don’t know what mindset they’ll be in. They will either be desperate to finish the season well or already looking forward to their holidays.

“I’m sure Cloughy will be looking to finish the season strongly. It will be a tough game.”