Ince: We should have held on

Gary Mackenzie scores Blackpool's only goal
Gary Mackenzie scores Blackpool's only goal
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PAUL Ince feels yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn was a fair result but the Blackpool manager is disappointed his side couldn’t hold on for a vital win.

Gary MacKenzie gave Pool a 64th-minute lead in the relegation clash at Ewood Park only for Jordan Rhodes to head an equaliser with 12 minutes left.

Ince admitted: “The first half was nitty gritty. It never really got going.

“In the second half they had a couple of good chances, which we got away with, but then we responded.

“From then on we always looked like we were going to score. I was disappointed we didn’t go on to win the game.

“But if you can’t win away from home, make sure you don’t lose. That’s the mindset we have and our away record has been very good.

“We might get most of our points away.”

It was the first time under Ince that Pool have scored the first goal in a game, though he wasn’t so pleased with his side’s reaction to going ahead.

“What was a surprise to me was that we got deeper and deeper. We were screaming from the sidelines for them to get up and get out,” he said.

“But that’s when you need leaders and communicators on the pitch, it’s down to them. You can’t score a goal, then think you can defend deep for 25 minutes.”

Blackpool are five points above the relegation zone but have played a game more than two of the bottom three.

They welcome Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace to Bloomfield Road on Monday, knowing a win would go a long way to securing their place in the division.

Palace were hammered 4-0 by Birmingham yesterday and Ince remains full of positives.

He said: “If you can’t win away from home, make sure you don’t lose it.

“I think we are making progress. We are now unbeaten in four games away from home.

“They are a great bunch of lads, who have gone through a lot of turmoil in the last five or six months.

“We are just trying to get back to where we should be.

“I love working with these lads and we have to keep believing in ourselves.”