Ince learns hard way as ban ends

Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller scores his sides first goal
Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller scores his sides first goal
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Blackpool boss Paul Ince admits he’s learned his lesson and wants to move on from a nightmare spell on the outside.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Birmingham was the final game of Ince’s five-match stadium ban for violent conduct towards a match official at Bournemouth.

Ince, who will be back in the dug-out and the dressing room for Saturday’s home clash with Sheffield Wednesday, said: “This has taught me to keep my mouth shut. It has been weird and strange.

“It’s hard when you can’t get the messages you want to your players. It’s hard when you aren’t on the line but you have to learn from your mistakes and move on.

“I’m looking forward to being on the touchline against Sheffield Wednesday. It was nice to nick a point on Saturday after losing to Ipswich.”

Ince watched the game at St Andrew’s via a TV link and described his side’s second-half performance as “absolutely immense”.

Pool came from behind to earn a point, courtesy of a Ricardo Fuller goal, and stay fourth in the Championship.

And the absent manager was delighted. “I know we had a couple of scares, with one cleared off the line, but we absolutely dominated the second half and we just needed that second goal. We had chances,” he said.

“You think about changing things and freshening it up, but we were so dominant it looked like it was just a matter of time before we scored.

“We had a couple of skirmishes right at the end but I thought we were by far the better side in the second half.”

Ince was in constant communication with Youth team boss Richie Kyle, who watched the game from the press box.

“I hate to think what my phone bill is over the last five games,” Ince joked. “It’s hard because you see something, make a phone call, and then by the time you speak to someone you’ve seen something else!

“But on Saturday I thought we played so well I didn’t need to be on the phone all the time.

“I’m glad it’s over now, and if we play like we did in the second half we can get three points against Sheffield Wednesday.

“If we can get points away from home and win at home, we’ve got half a chance of doing well this season.”