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Ince: Cup Provides Different Outlook

Posted: Fri 03 Jan 2014
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Manager Targets Return To Form

Blackpool manager Paul Ince hopes that 'a different outlook' in an FA Cup derby this weekend will bring out the best in his players again.

The Seasiders will take a break from league action to face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, allowing attentions to turn away from Championship results for 90 minutes.

"The lads are looking forward to the game and so am I. It's another opportunity to get back to winning ways," Ince said. "It's a different kind of mental encounter than the hustle and bustle grind of The Championship. It gives you a different outlook playing in the FA Cup and it's a fantastic trophy."

More than 1,600 fans will make the trip in an effort to spur the team on and witness a change in fortune, with the manager hopeful that Blackpool's luck will finally turn.  

"Something will turn, it's just when it turns. That's the way football is," he admitted. "The players, myself and the staff are all behind each other and we know we've got to work hard and come in every day with a smile on our faces. We'll try and turn it around for the fans.

"It's a derby game and we've got to go out there again and try for our fans. Let's all be positive and see if we can go and get a result at Bolton.

"You've always got the next game to turn it around and that's what we'll be trying to do," he added.

One or two changes are expected for the game, with a number of loan players now back at parent clubs. Kirk Broadfoot serves the third game or a four-match, while Isaiah Osbourne remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.