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Ince On "Fair Result"

Posted: Fri 29 Mar 2013
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Manager Reflects On Good Friday Draw

The Seasiders had to settle for a share of the spoils on Good Friday after Jordan Rhodes cancelled out Gary MacKenzie's 65th minute opener.

It was the 27-year-old's second goal since joining on-loan from MK Dons at the beginning of March, but it wasn't enough as Blackburn equalised with just over ten minutes remaining through their top scorer.

"I think a draw was a fair result," said Ince.

"The first half was a bit gritty, with not a lot going on, but I think you get that sometimes in derby games. 

"In the second-half they had two good chances in the first 15 minutes and probably Gary (Bowyer) thought they may have scored one of them, so we got away with that, but we then responded. We got some momentum going and we looked like we were going to score, so when we did score it came as no surprise to me.

"The only surprise was how we reacted to when we scored; we were getting deeper and deeper and we were screaming from the sidelines to get up. We scored after 65 minutes, you can't then think you're going to defend deep for 25 minutes against any team in football, let alone Blackburn away and I've told the lads that."

Despite sitting deep after taking the lead, Blackpool finished the game the stronger and had it not been for a couple of fine saves from Jake Kean in the Blackburn goal, The Seasiders could well have left Ewood Park with all three points.

"We had two great chances towards the end and I thought we should have won it, because of the timing of those chances. Thomas had a great shot and had it had a bit more swerve on it, it goes in and then Delfouneso in the last minute where it's a case of anywhere down or anywhere in the corners it's three points.

"Over the whole game I think a draw is a fair result.

"When you've got the deliveries from Thomas or Ludo you expect to score goals, especially with the size of our players. Gary is cock-a-hoop to be fair, he's over the moon! It would have been great if it was the winner, like it was three weeks ago against Watford, but it wasn't to be," added Ince.