Ince rues three mad minutes

Paul Ince applauds the travelling support
Paul Ince applauds the travelling support
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Paul Ince thinks his side deserved to score five as Blackpool ruined Bolton’s play-off party.

Wanderers missed out on a place in top-six on goal difference after goals from Matty Phillips and Ludo Sylvestre earned the Seasiders a 2-2 draw.

It means Blackpool finish their eventful season 15th in the Championship, nine points from the play-offs and five above the relegation zone.

Manager Ince was pleased with the display at the Reebok but disappointed his side failed to win after leading 2-0 in the first half.

The Pool boss said: “It was disappointing really, it should have been three points.

“I thought we were outstanding the way we started the game.

“In all honestly, it could have been five in that first half.”

Ince was left fuming after his side conceded twice in first-half stoppage time.

“We had three crazy minutes of stoppage time and came off 2-2. We were left wondering how that happened,” he added.

“But we have to learn to close games down. The board went up for three minutes and we were still trying to attack.

“We should have just squeezed up and kept it tight.

“If we’d have gone in at half-time 2-0 up, the game would have been dead and buried.

“But we didn’t and I gave them a bit of a rollicking at half-time. In the second half we dug in.”

Ince was furious with referee Roger East over Bolton’s first goal. The Pool boss is convinced a foul in the build-up went unpunished.

“There was a foul on Ludo, without a doubt,” he said.

“The referee wasn’t great, I thought at times he looked like he was trying to get them back in the game. I thought his performance was very poor.