No-one expects us to win, but us

Paul Ince

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PAUL Ince says no-one will be expecting his Blackpool side to win at Watford today ... except themselves.

The Seasiders travel to face the Championship’s form side today, with Gianfranco Zola’s men sitting second after winning four of their last five games.

The Hornets are strongly fancied for automatic promotion to the Premier League, but Ince says that although Pool will treat this afternoon’s opponents with respect, they are going to Vicarage Road confident of recording their first victory of his Seasiders reign.

The manager said: “From the outside no-one will expect us to win, but I do. “The players themselves expect to win too.

“On their day they are one of the best teams in the Championship. Watford are a good side, who pass the ball very well, but on our day we can be a very good side too.

“I wouldn’t ever set my team out to go anywhere and feel they can’t win.”

Zola’s side came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Tuesday, while Pool were drawing their third game in a row at Birmingham.

Ince has watched Watford’s midweek game with his players and evaluated their weaknesses.

He added: “Sheffield Wednesday were 1-0 and should have been 2-0 up, so that will give us confidence.

“Also, when you’re up there (at the top of the table) and you get towards the end of the season, you start to drop points and get jittery. But we are under no illusions – it will be a tough game.

“No-one outside our club expects us to go there and win, so there’s not much pressure. “The only pressure comes from ourselves ... and me.

“It’s the chance to go and play a very good side, but then again we are a very good side too.”

Ince is still waiting for his first win as Blackpool boss after four games at the helm.

The manager admits a win tomorrow would be nice but feels the most important thing is to continue picking up points.

He said: “I’m not desperate for a win – it would be lovely, though.

“I’d much rather be sat here after three draws than three defeats, I’ll tell you that. But it’s always nice to get a win.

“We’ve only conceded one goal in three games, which is great.

“But you can’t rely on keeping clean sheets, so we need to start getting goals at the other end.”