Ince issues blast at boo boys

Michael Chopra and Gary Mackenzie compete for the ball as Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak goes down injured.
Michael Chopra and Gary Mackenzie compete for the ball as Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak goes down injured.
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Paul Ince described Blackpool fans’ reaction to their 1-0 home defeat to Brighton as ‘bang out of order’.

The Seasiders have now gone six games without a win after Inigo Calderon’s first half goal saw Pool slump to tenth in the Championship.

Supporters booed and aimed chants in the direction of the Blackpool boss following his decision to replace Michael Chopra with Steven Davies.

It is something which left the manager fuming.

“It wasn’t all of them, but there shouldn’t be that reaction, it’s bang out of order,” he said.

“We aren’t in the bottom three, we are three points from the play-offs.

“The reaction from the fans was very poor.

“If we are rubbish then boo us after the game, but they shouldn’t be during it.

“This team just about stayed up last year.

“Maybe because we had such a good start people are disappointed, but these lads are giving everything.

“Fans need to understand that we don’t spend loads of money, we don’t have a massive squad, so all we can ask is everyone tries for us.

“Expectations need to be put into perspective.

“To boo the players during the game was wrong, it wasn’t fair.

“These boys are trying their hearts out in every game.

“Last year when I arrived we were going down and the atmosphere was brilliant.

“When the atmosphere is great this is a great place to be.”

The final game of 2013 at Bloomfield Road was a tame affair with very little for the home supporters to get excited about.

There was an improvement in the second half, but Pool’s players failed to find a breakthrough.

It’s the second game in a week for Ince’s depleted squad, with another to follow in three days time with the New Year’s Day trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

Pool will be without Chris Basham who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, further adding to the manager’s selection problems.

He added: “I don’t think it happened for us yesterday.

“It was a quiet atmosphere and I don’t think either team really got going.

“It’s hard for players, though, especially mine.

“Brighton were able to make five changes, all of those changes probably would have got into my time.

“We are asking the same players to play time-and-time again.

“Barry (Ferguson) has been out for six weeks and now being asked to play every game.

“We haven’t got the strength in depth to deal with this.”

Despite the defeat, it was off-the-field things which remained on the manager’s mind after the game.

“I don’t like to see what I saw today, it disappointed me and it disappointed my players,” added the manager.

“The people are supporters, and they should be supporting us.

“I didn’t like yesterday, not at all.

“We didn’t lose 4-0, we lost by one mistake.

“We need to stick together here, if we don’t we could find ourselves sliding down the league.

“The fans need to pull together and get behind us when times are hard, that’s what proper fans do.

“Of course the reaction of the fans influences the players.

“I expected a great atmosphere after a good point against Leeds.”