Ince: Let’s finish the job

Paul Ince and Ian Holloway embrace
Paul Ince and Ian Holloway embrace
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PAUL Ince has called on his Blackpool side to finish a good week by beating Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Seasiders travel to face Billy Davies’ in-form side this weekend, knowing a win would all but secure their place in the Championship next season.

Pool enjoyed a good Easter, with four points out of two tough games against Blackburn and Crystal Palace.

Now Ince wants to take that good form into the Forest game.

“We have to go to Forest and get a result,” said Ince. “We’ve done well lately but we have to now look forward and get over that safety line.”

Blackpool have conceded only four goals in their last seven games. The defence was manager Paul Ince’s priority when he took over and he’s made real progress.

On Monday his side kept out Palace, who boast one of the best strikeforces in the Championship.

Ince said: “Since I’ve been here we have the second-best defensive record in the league, the stats show that.

“It showed on Monday against Palace. It was another clean sheet.

“I always finish my team-talks with the phrase ‘clean sheet mentality’. To keep one against a good team like Palace was great.

“If you keep a clean sheet, you always have a chance of scoring a goal. 1-0 is the best result for me.

“It means both the attack and the defence wins the day. I was so pleased for the lads and for the fans.”

Blackpool found themselves up against it on Monday after Barry Ferguson was sent off on 42 minutes.

But instead of feeling sorry for themselves, the Seasiders rolled up their sleeves and earned what could be a vital win.

Ince added: “I know what players are like, I’ve been there. At half-time the lads were frustrated as they’d done so well, yet they were down to 10 men.

“I told them to forget about the sending-off and start thinking about how we are going to win the game.

“It’s easy to make excuses and blame the referee but we had to go out there for another 45 minutes.

“All Palace did in the second half was hit long balls and it was food and drink to our back four.

“Our supporters were our 11th man on Monday. They dragged us over the line.

“As long as they stayed behind us like they did against Palace, then we’ll be fine.”