Ince says no to gung-ho

Blackpool's Kirk Broadfoot celebrates his goal
Blackpool's Kirk Broadfoot celebrates his goal
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PAUL Ince wants his side to stop the gung-ho style of play he described as “stupid” and “ridiculous”.

Blackpool battled back to earn a 1-1 draw at struggling Birmingham last night, when Curtis Davies’ header gave the home side a half-time lead.

Kirk Broadfoot eventually equalised but only after the Blues missed a couple of very decent chances.

It was Pool’s first goal in four games under Ince and their third straight draw since the defeat at Leeds.

But Pool’s open style, which leaves them vulnerable at the back, makes their new manager fume.

Ince said: “The way we gave Birmingham chances early in the second half was annoying. The players still have this stupid gung-ho thing about them.

“I said to the players at half-time that they have to stay in the game and that there were another 45 minutes to go.

“They did that at Leeds two weeks ago and they have to learn.

“We ended up with a stretched game – they attacked, we attacked. I hate playing football like that, it’s ridiculous.”

Blackpool are now five points and five places above the Championship drop zone, a gap which could narrow should Peterborough and Barnsley win their games in hand.

And while relegation is something Pool never thought they’d have to contemplate, Ince is just pleased with another point which leaves his side seven short of his 50-point survival target.

“It’s another point,” he said. “In a way it’s a disappointing point after how well we played in the opening 25 minutes or so.

“I thought we looked dangerous and outplayed them. We created some really good chances and their supporters were getting on their backs, like we knew they would.

“The plan was to start quick and it worked. Once again the ball just wouldn’t drop right for us in the key areas.”

Blackpool started the game brilliantly only for injury to Gary Taylor-Fletcher to knock Pool out of their stride.

The striker limped off with what looked to be a hamstring strain, one which leaves him a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Watford.

“We aren’t sure if it was a hamstring injury or something to do with his nerves,” said Ince.

“Until then we were looking really good and he was playing well.

“To lose him was a massive body blow. He was fantastic until his injury.”

Taylor-Fletcher was replaced by new signing Marko Futacs, who joined earlier in the day from Leicester.

At 6’5” the forward fits the targetman description Ince was looking for, even if his introduction was a little sooner than expected.

“I just felt we needed that big striker,” said the Blackpool boss.

“The thing about him is that he played 70 minutes for Leicester’s reserves yesterday. We weren’t aware of that.

“I only found out after the game that he played yesterday, so it’s understandable he looked a bit tired at the end.

“He held the ball up well at times and he’ll be a good acquisition for us.”