Ince’s messages came through loud and clear to Rae

Alex Rae
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Alex Rae was delighted to win his first game in charge of the Seasiders, even though he left the stadium with earache!

Pool’s assistant boss was in constant contact with suspended manager Paul Ince via youth team boss Richie Kyle, an earpiece and a mobile phone.

And it was something he seems to have enjoyed. “It was great. I had Richie shouting in my ear non-stop with information from the gaffer,” he joked.

“Steve Thompson and I have been in this situation before, so we know what we are doing.

“It’s all about the preparation work in the week, then it’s up to the players to implement that on a Saturday. Fair play to the players, they did that.

“The gaffer and Richie were talking a lot. We’ll review the game with the gaffer as there are always things we can improve on.”

Tom Ince scored a first-half penalty, after impressive Dan Gosling was brought down by keeper Scott Carson on his full debut, but Pool rode their luck a little after the break as Wigan hit the bar twice.

Blackpool had a host of late chances of their own, all amounting to a fine afternoon’s entertainment at Bloomfield Road.

Rae added: “It was a very good spectacle, although not so easy on the touchline.

“We went about our business well and it’s great to beat a team of Wigan’s stature.

“A lot of their players were playing in the Premier League last season and we are really delighted with the three points.”

Rae revealed that matchwinner Ince spends a lot of time working on penalties.

“Thomas practises his penalties a lot. They aren’t a fluke,” he revealed. “Even on Friday after training he was the last man on the field practising, so it’s no surprise he knows what he’s doing when we steps up.”

Wigan’s James McClean was sent off in the dying moments for appearing to kick out at Pool’s Gary MacKenzie.

Rae thinks the decision was harsh. “From what I’ve seen it was nothing more than a bit of handbags really. It should have been a yellow card at most.”

However, Wigan boss Owen Coyle was furious with the decision and accused MacKenzie of stamping on his player.

Coyle said: “I’m astounded by the decision. Gary MacKenzie stood on James McClean while he’s lying on the ground, then James gets up and doesn’t touch him but is sent off. It’s hard to take.

“Decisions like that have gone against us a few times on the road this season and we’ll definitely be appealing.

“They scored from probably their first opening of the game. I can understand why the referee has given the penalty but there was no real touch on the ball from Gosling.

“The ball has bounced all the way through and he’s already off balance. He’s just collided with Carson.

“The boy Ince finished the penalty well but we had plenty of time to get back in the game.

“We’ve hit the bar and post, had one cleared off the line and we committed men forwards.”