Ince targets ‘four or five’ as deadline approaches

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola gets a hug from Paul Ince
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola gets a hug from Paul Ince
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It could be a busy transfer deadline day for Blackpool, with Paul Ince wanting “four or five” new signings.

The transfer window closes at 11pm, after which only emergency loans can be made until January.

Pool are woefully short of options, and it took a remarkable display of character and a sensational display from goalkeeper Matt Gilks to secure a 1-0 win over promotion favourites Watford. Gilks saved a penalty and the visitors rattled the post three times.

Manager Ince, chairman Karl Oyston and secretary Matt Williams sound like they are in for a busy day.

“We need to bring quality players in,” said Ince. “Every time I say I’m close I don’t get anything, so maybe I’m better saying I’m miles away and I’ll get some players in. I think the problem is that it all kicks off on the final day.

“There’s no business done on Saturday or Sunday as everyone stops to concentrate on the games, so you kind of lose two days of business.

“We will be looking to bring four or five in today, hopefully.”

Many are stunned by the under-strength squad’s brilliant start to the season and Ince admits he was “speechless” after Saturday’s win.

The Pool boss added: “If it was a boxing match it would have been all over at half-time.

“The penalty miss obviously helped us. It was a great save from Gilo.

“I thought we gave them too much respect in the first half.

“They are a very good side with very good players but we didn’t have to show them so much respect.

“We stood off them and allowed them to play at their own tempo. They hit the post a couple of times and Gilo made a couple of fantastic saves.”

The winning goal came from the gamble of throwing on injured winger Tom Ince, who repaid his dad’s faith with a stunning winner.

The boss said: “It might have been a bad move for me to bring him on with the transfer window still open.

“I wasn’t even going to put him on the bench as he hasn’t trained at all.

“But I spoke to the physio on Friday and spoke to Thomas, and he said he had 10 minutes in him.

“Then Tom Barkhuizen went down with cramp and we had no other option but to put him on. It was a fantastic goal and it shows what a very good player the kid is.”