Manager Reflects On Derby Loss
Blackpool manager Paul Ince was disappointed after Blackpool lost to Derby County 5-1, with the balance of the game changing on 'defining moments'.
Having led 1-0 at half-time, a big decision to award a second-half penalty for the home side sparked new life into Steve McClaren's team, as they scored a further two goals in the space of nine minutes.
The Seasiders were eventually reduced to nine men, with Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez sent off as The Rams added to the scoreline.
"As much as it's disappointing, the game has been changed by defining moments," Ince said. "I'm disappointed because the refereeing decisions changed the game. We were then 2-1 down, chasing the game and we get a man sent off, so you're going to get beat three or four."
Although aggrieved with the first penalty decision, the manager had no complaints with the second but was unhappy with the red card shown to Neal Bishop.
"He should never have been sent off for it, but I actually think it was a penalty if I'm honest with you."
Blackpool fielded a makeshift back four for the fixture, having lost Gary MacKenzie and Kirk Broadfoot to suspension at Yeovil on Tuesday night.
"You've got to understand that we've got a left-back playing left-sided centre-back, we've got two centre-midfielders - one playing right-back and one playing centre-half - and a young kid who has only played four games at left-back. We were playing against a very good Derby side at home."
"As a whole, we weren't very good, but you can understand that when we've lost two of our main centre-halves. It was hard for them but they tried their best. I don't think you'll ever see any teams in this league ever having a defence that I had today, with players playing in positions they never have before."
Looking to bounce back against QPR, Ince was quick to point to the returns of key personnel for the side going forward.
"I don't get emotional about wins and I don't get emotional about defeats or draws. When we get back to the team that we started off well with, that's us. At the moment we're all over the place because we've got too many injuries and suspensions, and that isn't good enough. We need to be more professional," he added.