Will Watt: Ince’s return could be a defining moment

Steve Thompson, left, Blackpool manager Paul Ince, centre, and Blackpool's assistant manager Alex Rae
Steve Thompson, left, Blackpool manager Paul Ince, centre, and Blackpool's assistant manager Alex Rae
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There are a few questions I always seem to be met with when I bump into Pool supporters on the street.

Obviously most ask where the Premier League money has gone, followed by queries about what it’s like to work with Paul Ince and what he’s really like. The other thing always asked is, ‘Where do you think we’ll finish this season?’

The answers are: Karl Oyston has a lovely Ferrari, Ince is a pleasure to work with and I haven’t got a clue where the Seasiders will finish.

But we could have a much better idea after the next two games.

Blackpool face a Saturday/Tuesday double header against two of the ‘lesser’ sides in the Championship. Before you tell me anyone can beat anyone in this league, I mean ‘lesser’ in terms of league position.

They are games a side with serious top-six ambitions should be getting at least four points from.

Should the Seasiders come away with back-to-back wins they will be in great shape. Should they lose both, then Ince’s 50-point target will look a more realistic ambition.

It was always going to be a case of just getting through the last five game while Ince served his silly stadium ban.

At last Pool can put the whole episode behind them and get back to concentrating on the football... TV links and mobile phones are now a thing of the past.

Everyone at the club has played down the ban, claiming it makes little difference on a match day, but I disagree. The manager keeps people on their toes, especially when it’s someone like Ince.

I’m a regular around the squad and on the rare occasions the manager isn’t present there’s a definite drop in intensity.

Alex Rae and Steve Thompson deserve huge credit for the job they did but it will offer a big boost to have Ince back in the dug-out.

--Nathan Tyson’s loan to Fleetwood was met with a mixed reaction but I think it’s a good deal for everyone.

No matter how good he is, how much Pool could do with a player of his talent or who’s playing ahead of him, the fact remains he needs games.

Strikers are all about sharpness. The ability to react in a split second to a loose ball or a cross is what they thrive on and this only comes with games.

He, like Michael Chopra and Steven Davies, arrived at Bloomfield Road way behind in terms of fitness and was having to rely on cameo appearances from the bench.

Tyson got 85 minutes under his belt on Saturday for the Cod Army and will no doubt be a regular during the next six weeks.

The idea is he’ll come back flying and be able to make a real case for a start at Blackpool.

If it can help him recapture the form Tyson showed for Nottingham Forest a few years ago, then the whole thing will be worthwhile.

--It’s amazing what a bit of confidence can do to a player.

Against Nottingham Forest Tyler Blackett, pictured, looked a little lost in front of a huge crowd and in the thick of a lively Championship clash.

In fairness, it was his first ever senior appearance, having only arrived 24 hours previously from Manchester United’s reserves. But on Saturday he looked a totally different lad.

The 19-year-old looked much more at home, oozed confidence and turned in a very mature performance at left-back.

With Jack Robinson back for the trip to Yeovil next Tuesday, I can’t really see his loan spell being extended, but there’s no doubt Pool and Blackett benefited hugely from the move.

He has all the attributes to be a very decent player in the future.