Ince’s goal tribute to baby daughter

Thomas Ince celebrates his goal
Thomas Ince celebrates his goal
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Sky TV missed Tom Ince’s big moment when he dedicated Saturday’s winning goal to his baby daughter.

The winger’s 24th-minute penalty was enough to hand the Seasiders three points against big-spending Wigan.

It also maintained Pool’s unbeaten start to the season at Bloomfield Road and moved them up a place to fifth in the Championship.

After scoring his fifth goal of the season, Ince lifted his jersey to reveal a picture of daughter Hallie-Rae on his T-shirt, though a power cut meant the live TV cameras missed it. Ince said: “Three months ago I had a little girl, but the camera went dead when I showed the T-shirt with her picture on, so people didn’t see it.”

His father Paul, the Pool manager, watched the game from home as he began his five -game stadium ban for violent conduct towards a match official.

Ince junior said: “He wasn’t sitting easy at home, that’s for sure. You can see the graft we put in. We maybe rode our luck at times.

“I should have finished it off at the end with my chance and I’m bitterly disappointed by that. But we’ll take a 1-0 win. We are delighted. Every single one of our players, especially Chris Basham in midfield, was outstanding.

“We probably have one of the best defensive records in the league (they have kept clean sheets in all but one of their six home games).

“We don’t concede goals and if we can nick goals at the other end we will.”

Pool have four wins and two draws from their six home games and Ince hopes they can keep the run going in Saturday’s Lancashire derby against Blackburn.

He added: “It’s another three points at home. This place is becoming a fortress for us now. The supporters were fantastic again.

“It’s not about where we are in the league right now - it’s about building for where we can be after the New Year.

“At the moment we are doing very well and it was a great performance from the lads again against Wigan. We can’t wait to put in another one at home on Saturday.”