New-look Pool make a point

Paul Ince
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PAUL Ince described his first point as Blackpool manager as “absolutely fantastic”.

The Seasiders battled difficult conditions at Bloomfield Road to earn a 0-0 draw against high-flying Leicester on Saturday.

Despite the scoreline, it was a pretty entertaining 90 minutes which included Chris Wood rattling the bar with a penalty for the visitors.

And Ince, taking charge for the first time at Bloomfield Road, was delighted.

He said: “It was a great point. The lads were absolutely fantastic. It’s easy to forget we only had one day’s training with that shape, so at times it wasn’t quite right but the majority of the time it was fantastic.

“The workload they put in for me, the fans and their team-mates was superb.

“You look at the money Leicester have spent this year – you just need to look at their bench.

“So when you take everything into consideration, you see what a good point it was.”

This was Pool’s first clean sheet since the home draw with Hull on New Year’s Day.

And for Ince, the defensive performance was the highlight.

He added: “We’ve spent a lot of time this season talking about goalscorers, but on Saturday the back four and the goalkeeper were excellent, as were Barry Ferguson and Chris Basham in front of them.

“It’s the first clean sheet for seven games, and if we can carry on doing that we’ll give ourselves a chance of winning games with the quality we have up front.

“It would have been nice to sneak a win in my first home game but Leicester are a good side. We deserved that – we worked so hard.”

Pool did ride their luck in the second half, especially with Wood’s penalty miss on 50 minutes.

Ince said: “The referee couldn’t wait to give the penalty. It’s a bit far from where I was standing but I’m disappointed because the lad was going away from goal. The lads haven’t said too much about it, to be honest.”

Pool had bright moments of their own as Matt Phillips, Tom Ince and Gary Taylor-Fletcher all went close.

The manager added: “If we can get ourselves organised, then we’ll have a good chance. With the players we have in attack we’ll hurt teams.

“Kasper Schmeichel made three or four good saves. I’ve known him since he was four, so it’s good to see him doing well. He’s a fantastic keeper.”