Ince: Pool can be safe by tonight

Blackpool boss Paul Ince
Blackpool boss Paul Ince
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Paul Ince says Blackpool will be safe from the drop if they take maximum points this evening.

Victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the 8pm Bloomfield Road kick-off would leave them sitting pretty with 57 points.

While many feel one point will be enough, the Pool manager doesn’t want his players to take their foot off the gas.

He said: “We have a bit of a cushion but we can’t get complacent. We know how mad this Championship is, we really do. But we know if we can get a result tonight, we’ll be safe. We can then look forward to the future.”

However, Ince thinks the state of the Bloomfield Road pitch could take its toll on his stars.

He added:”I gave the lads Sunday off, but told them they needed to go for a walk or a jog to keep their legs ticking over.

“We would normally have had them in on Sunday with a game tonight, but after playing on that pitch they really needed the rest. It took a lot out of their legs.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is the latest visiting manager to label the pitch the worst he’s ever seen.

But Ince feels his side are slowly getting to grips with it.

“We have played some good stuff on the pitch, it’s amazing,” he said. “Everyone keeps going on about it but I think we are doing well on it.

“On Saturday the rain helped us and it allowed us to zip it about a bit. It’s more the effect it has on players and their legs, it’s so draining.”