Paul Ince admitted last night’s 0-0 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday was a “terrible game” but one which takes his Blackpool side closer to Championship survival.
The Seasiders battled for a point on a tough and gritty evening against Dave Jones’ struggling Owls.
The draw saw Pool drop two places to 14th and left them four points above the relegation zone with three games to play.
Pool now have 55 points, and one more from their remaining games against Brighton, Derby and Bolton will surely make their survival certain.
While the manager was pleased with the point, he admitted it wasn’t pretty on the eye.
Ince admitted:“It was a terrible game, to be fair. All in all I didn’t enjoy it. It is another point, though.
“I think that’s probably the worst I’ve ever seen the pitch play too.
“We had a couple of decent chances, which would have changed the game had they gone in.”
Last night’s match was Pool’s second in four days on a draining Bloomfield Road pitch.
And Ince is pleased with a return of four points from two key games against Burnley and Wednesday.
“Maybe we were a little tired,” he admitted. “People don’t realise just how much that pitch takes out of the players’ legs.
“It’s OK for the opposition as they only have to play here once a season.
“But for our lads to have played on it twice in four days has been very tough.
“It’s taken a lot out of them, so I’m pleased with the four points.
“We looked a little bit nervous for some reason, I don’t know why.
“It wasn’t the whole team but our back four looked very nervy.
“We were making stupid mistakes and getting caught on the ball.
“Sometimes when you don’t play well you pick a point up and that’s the big positive.”
Blackpool may not yet be safe from danger, but their form has shown a real improvement under Ince.
They have lost only one game out of nine, a statistic which pleases the boss.
“It’s all about points now,” he said. But sometimes you don’t get points without performances.
“What we’ve done since I’ve been here is perform very well, and that shows in the stats.”
Ince’s men have conceded only five goals in 10 games, making them one of the meanest defences in the Championship.
In recent weeks that has been largely down to the form of goalkeeper Matt Gilks.
Ince added: “Matt made two very good saves last night. He’s been outstanding.
“He also made a couple of great saves against Burnley on Saturday.
“That’s why he’s such a good keeper. He has been different class.”