Defensive display won’t become the norm, promises Ince

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Paul Ince has reassured fans that Saturday’s defensive display won’t become the norm for the Seasiders.

With key players missing, Ince opted for a 4-5-1 formation at Middlesbrough, where Pool maintained their unbeaten Championship start with a 1-1 draw.

It made for a solid display rather than an attacking one, and although it took a stoppage-time equaliser to deny Pool victory Ince promised: “I don’t want to come and play football like that all the time, but sometimes you have to.

“You see Jose Mourinho sometimes do it and win, and as a manager you have to be able to go both ways.

“Being a manager is all about looking at the team you are playing and working with the squad you have.”

Ince was delighted with his side’s performance at the Riverside as they stuck to the plan. Pool’s defending was resolute, with left-back Jack Robinson outstanding.

They face another tough test on Saturday, when newly-relegated Reading arrive at Bloomfield Road, and if Ince’s planning is as successful again he will be a happy man.

He said: “We worked on a game plan all week and they went out on Saturday and implemented it to a ‘T’. It really put a smile on my face.

“Tactically we got it spot on. It would be easier sometimes to go out and play open football, but at the moment we haven’t got the personnel to do that.

“If we have Tom Ince and Matty Phillips fit, then it’s a completely different game for us.

“When we have those two we will be playing a totally different style.

“But to be fair to the lads on Saturday, we passed it about quite well and played some nice football. Middlesbrough ran out of ideas and I was over the moon.”

Blackpool lie third in the Championship table after picking up seven points from a possible nine.

Only Nottingham Forest have started better and Ince added: “After all the rubbish we’ve had to deal with, seven points out of nine is a great return and we are hoping to keep it going this weekend.”