Ince on ‘criminal’ fixture double

Blackpool manager Paul Ince
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
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Paul Ince has described Blackpool’s long-distance fixture double as ‘criminal’.

The Seasiders made a 600-mile round-trip to Bournemouth on Saturday ahead of tonight’s 500-miler to face Millwall.

And Ince feels it’s a a crazy schedule, not just for the players but for Pool’s travelling supporters.

“I’m disappointed in the Football League,” he said. “To travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, then have to go to south London on Tuesday is criminal.

“Considering Barnsley play Bournemouth tonight, surely we could have played Barnsley.

“When you are up there you want things to be fair. For some teams to have two home games and us to have two such long away trips just isn’t fair.”

Pool considered staying down south in between the games but felt it wouldn’t give the players the best chance to prepare for tonight’s game.

Ince explained: “We played on Saturday, then had a six-hour journey back on the coach.

“We couldn’t really stay down there as it would mean three long days and we’d run out of things to do.

“But it’s not fair us having to make these trips. The League should show some common sense and I don’t think they have in this case.

“The good result we got on Saturday means the momentum will take us into the Millwall game.

“We’ve just had to get as much rest as we can, so we can go again tonight.

“It’s harsh, but we’ll just get on with it, like we always do here at Blackpool.”

Blackpool have made the best start in the club’s history, with five wins and a draw from their opening six league games.

Tonight they face a Millwall side who are bottom of the table and under huge pressure.

Ince (below) expects a tough time. He said: “If you’re up there, you are there to be shot at. We go there with confidence and belief.

“We are unbeaten and we want to keep that run going.

“I’m not too bothered about being top of the table – it’s nice to have a good start but there’s such a long way to go.

“Sir Alex always used to say the season doesn’t start until March.”

Ince is still waiting to hear if the FA are going to charge him after he was sent to the stands at Bournemouth.

He was banished after a bottle he threw in frustration accidentally struck a supporter on the foot. Pool are yet to hear the details of the referee