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Ince Aiming To Keep Momentum Going

Posted: Fri 13 Sep 2013
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Manager's Only Focus Is Bournemouth

Paul Ince admits that the international break came at a bad time for The Seasiders, yet at the same time could be seen as a blessing in disguise as it gave some players the opportunity to catch up on some fitness work.

The Pool boss made no secret of the fact that some of the summer signings were slightly behind the squad in terms of fitness and said that the 'mini pre-season' he previously mentioned did go to plan over the past fortnight.

"In a way the break came at the wrong time as far momentum is concerned, obviously on the back of the result against Watford you always hope that you can play the week after," said Ince.

"But in a perverse kind of way it has allowed us to get some stuff into the lads, like Fuller, Delfouneso, Tyson and Zeegelaar - people like that, who are not up to scratch yet, where the rest of the squad are, so we've had a mini pre-season for certain people and some have had some time off who have been playing week-in-week-out."

The loan window is now open for Football League clubs to add further to their squads should they wish and like a lot of other managers Ince is still on the look out, but won't be forced into bringing in players for the sake of it.

"What you don't want to do is to have too many players; we're a close-knit club and we're a close-knit family and that's why the spirit is so good at this club because we don't overload it with players. We are close-knit as a team so I don't want to bring in too much, but if I can find someone who is going to improve us and bring us that bit of quality then I will do."

The Seasiders head into this weekend's game at Bournemouth at the summit, but with that position comes pressure and Ince is fully aware of teams raising their games as they hope to knock Blackpool off their perch.

"It's like any sport - cricket, tennis, golf, if you're up there, you're up there to be shot at and there's always people who are going to try and beat you. I said it last week and I will say it again, I'm not too bothered about being top of the table, yes it's nice to have a good start, but there is a long way to go. Sir Alex Ferguson always said to me that the season doesn't start till March so let's see where we are around that time.

"We've just got to take each game as it comes, I know it's a cliche, but you have to and we're going to a very good Bournemouth side who have financially invested a lot in there team and they play some good football under Eddie Howe. He's a fantastic young manager with great ideas and it's great to see him back there.

"We're under no illusions that this will be a tough game; they beat Wigan in there last home game 1-0 and Wigan are another fancied side in The Championship. So, of course it is going to be a tough game, they are all tough, they are all cup finals and that's what is so great about The Championship, but we go there with confidence and belief. We are unbeaten and we need to try and keep that record going."