Ince: Holidays don’t start yet

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Paul Ince has sent a warning to his Blackpool players – you aren’t on holiday yet.

The Seasiders head to Bolton tomorrow lunchtime for their final game of what has been a season to forget.

Ludo Sylvestre’s injury-time strike secured Pool’s survival in the Championship against Derby last weekend.

While technically Ince’s men have nothing to play for, the boss expects his players to treat it like any other game.

Ince said: “It’s far from over, We have a big game against Bolton to get through yet.

“The game is important for us. We can’t think we are in holiday mode.

“We’ve done what we’ve set out to achieve but we don’t be taking it easy on Saturday. It will be a good game. There will be two teams who want to play football on a good pitch. There’s no pressure on us.”

Bolton’s brilliant end-of-season form has seen them creep into the final play-off place. A win would should cement their top-six place, although anything less could see Nottingham Forest or Leicester pip them to the post.

And for that reason Pool won’t be taking their foot off the gas.

Ince added: “We owe it to ourselves to go and get a result on Saturday, but we also owe it to the teams who are trying to get into the play-offs.

“We don’t want to go there on Saturday and be part of a circus or a celebration. That’s the last thing I want. We’ll have 3,000 fans going there, maybe more, and we owe it to them to put on a show.

“We aren’t going there to be involved in Bolton’s celebration. We want to finish the season on a win.”

With nothing left to play for and so many set for the exit door this summer, many thought Ince may use tomorrow’s game as the chance to field some players who will definitely be at the club next season.

But the Blackpool boss insists Pool will be full strength.

He said: “It’s not right that we start changing the side and trying people out. That’s not fair. It would be different if there were four or five games to go and we were playing a side in mid-table. If that was the case I may have tried out some people I haven’t seen.

“But I think it’s right that I stick with the lads who have played all season.

“Depending how the game is going, I may give some 20 minutes or so to see how they cope. But we are going there all guns blazing to win the game.”

Bloomfield Road stages the Sunday Alliance’s Gledhill Cup final between Northern Rags and Northern Care Colts at 7.15pm tonight.