Ince wants to move on up

Blackpool's Thomas Ince
Blackpool's Thomas Ince
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MAN of the moment Tom Ince hopes Blackpool’s win at Peterborough can kick-start a charge back up the Championship table.

The winger moved to 13 goals for the season with two in Saturday’s 4-1 win which lifted Pool four places to 12th, just five points off the play-off zone.

Despite a tricky spell as Pool had to deal with Ian Holloway’s departure for Crystal Palace, the Seasiders are unbeaten in six games and head to their former manager’s new club on Saturday full of confidence.

And Ince said: “This should give us a springboard to go up the table now.

“We played some great football on Saturday and it’s a fantastic feeling. We’ve deserved much more over recent weeks.

“The pitch has killed us a little bit at home, but you could see on Saturday how we played on a decent pitch. We thoroughly deserved the victory.”

Ince scored a penalty and crossed for Wes Thomas’ first Pool goal on Saturday, though all the post-match talk was about his wonderful second goal.

Ince added: “It’s probably one of the best I’ve scored this season, but I haven’t managed to get the hat-trick I’m craving.

“But hopefully, if I keep getting myself into good positions I’ll get myself one soon.

“I’m just happy to be doing what I can for the team and scoring goals.”

Ince is one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League and a call-up to England’s senior squad has been mentioned.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs are among the top clubs expected make a move for the winger in next month’s transfer window.

But he’s keeping his feet on the ground. “It’s nice to have the praise, but all I can do is keep working hard for the club and the fans of Blackpool Football Club,” said Ince.

“When I do get the ball my job is to try to excite people and score goals.

“Fortunately there have been a few, but hopefully I can keep grounded, keep working hard and score some more.”

Pool topped the table for the first five weeks of this season, with many tipping them to run away with the title race.

And Ince is convinced Pool will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

He said: “We know the league table doesn’t say anything at this stage of the season.

“We just have to make sure we keep picking up points and keep ourselves in contention.

“If we keep putting in performances like Saturday’s, we won’t go too far wrong but our home form needs to improve.

“When the league starts heating up in February and March, that’s when we’ll be looking to hit top form. I’m sure we’ll be right in the mixer.”