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Ince Looking To Continue Good Form

Posted: Thu 29 Aug 2013
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Manager Expecting Tough Test From Watford

The Seasiders welcome Gianfranco Zola's Watford side on Saturday for the final game before a two-week break for the international matches.

Paul Ince's first win as Pool boss came in the fixture at Vicarage Road in March and knows that his team will have to replicate the performances of recent weeks if they are to overcome a strong Watford side.

"They're a fantastic side," said Ince.

"I went to see them against Forest last Sunday and you expect with the players that they have brought in, that technically they are going to be a very good side and they are going to play football in the right way.

"They are an attacking side and you expect them to be up there and I think with the finances they have got they will be disappointed not to be up there. They play a really fast, attacking game with three centre-halves and expansive football. 

"We went to Vicarage Road last year, had a game plan and came away with three points, but we are under no illusions that it is going to be a very tough game. We are playing well too so I'm looking forward to it, very much so."

Gary MacKenzie got his name on the score sheet in the 2-1 win last season, but he misses out on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury in last week's 1-0 victory over Reading, while Craig Cathcart remains absent as he recovers from a knee injury.

"I think we have been absolutely fantastic. I actually made sure that when I got back from holiday that we got Gary MacKenzie in because he was so vital to us at the end of last season. Sometimes you get players in and you're not too sure how they are going to cope with this level, but we saw Gary MacKenzie for 16 games last season at Blackpool and defensively we were a much stronger team for having him in it.

"He's formed a great partnership with Cathcart this season and we can't forget Broady, who has done ever so well even though we have had to push him out to right-back where he isn't as accustomed, but he doesn't moan about it. He gets on with it and he's played there for Rangers in the Champions League.

"Parternships are important in football and the way Gary MacKenzie and Cathers have started it's been outstanding so to lose them both is a massive blow, but we have to get on with it and try and get someone in."