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Ince On Sheffield Wednesday

Posted: Fri 29 Nov 2013
Author: Sean Gallagher

The manager's thoughts ahead of tomorrow's game

After nearly six weeks away from the touchline, Paul Ince returns to the dugout tomorrow as Blackpool look to build on their impressive start to the season against Sheffield Wednesday at Bloomfield Road.

Ince is relishing the opportunity to be back in the thick of it again after his five-match ban, and says he has learned his lesson.

"At the start it (the ban) seemed a long way away. Al, Thommo and all the coaching staff have done a fantastic job to keep us ticking over,” said Ince.

"We have a good group of players but you've got to have a leader, so I think the players are happy I'm back and hopefully I'll get a reaction from them.

"I've done my time and I just want to focus on getting back to winning ways."

The Seasiders took away a creditable point at Birmingham last time out as they further cemented their place in the play-off places, with opponents Wednesday succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield.

Despite this, Ince remains level-headed and says the weight of expectation put on his side at times is unnecessary, as his mind is firmly focused on one target at this current time.

"Sometimes I feel people presume we should beat the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Yeovil because of the start we've had. 

"We've had a really good start but we have no divine right to beat the so-called lesser teams in the league just because we're near the top.

"Sheffield Wednesday hit five against Reading recently and Yeovil beat Forest at home, so that shows the unpredictability of this league.

"The good thing about these lads is when they lose a game they don't lose the next one. 

"My target hasn't changed despite how well we've started. I'm aiming to reach 50 points and that's as far as I am thinking ahead at the moment."

Under the guidance of Alex Rae and Steve Thompson Pool picked up a respectable eight points out of 15 available. And that total has pleased Ince, especially with all the injuries that have affected his squad so far this season.

"It's been a fantastic return without doubt. It was a bit disappointing it wasn't more with the late goal we conceded against Blackburn, as that would have been three points. 

"Losing to Ipswich in the dying seconds was also a blow, but I felt we were too relaxed that day and put in a below-par performance. 

"And then I thought we annihilated Birmingham in the second half of the game last week.

"One thing we've got to learn is to kill teams off, as sometimes we can make the wrong decision and that was shown at Birmingham, but I've got a good bunch of lads here who are determined to succeed."