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Ince Pleased With Clean Sheet

Posted: Sat 02 Mar 2013
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Manager Reacts To Bristol City Point

Paul Ince was delighted with the defensive performance of his side as The Seasiders kept their second successive clean sheet after drawing 0-0 with Bristol City.

Matt Gilks was rarely called into action, something that can't be said for his opposite number Tom Heaton who made a fine full length save from Kirk Broadfoot's header midway through the second half.

"It was a great save, said Ince. "From where I was sitting, I thought it was in, but the keeper managed to get his hand to it. 

"It was one of a few chances in a game that was never going to be a great spectacle. We've got to take the positives though.

Ince heaped praise on debutant Gary MacKenzie, who despite only meeting his new team-mates today, put in a rock-solid performance alongside Kirk Broadfoot at centre-half.

"I thought he was absolutely immense. Considering he drove up yesterday from Milton Keynes and didn't train on Friday, to put in that performance from the first whistle to the end was great. 

"He was bringing things down on his chest and he looked comfortable. It wasn't just that though, it was the headers that he won and he gave us that nastiness about us, which you need sometimes and I thought the two centre-halves were outstanding."

Ince was pleased with the effort his side put in and believes the mindset of The Seasiders is key in the future.

"We want to try and play football, that's the way we always want to play, but that's not to be and we have to change our mindset. It's going to be a battle because that's how the conditions make us play.

"It's another point, another building block and another clean sheet, which is important and I think we've got to have this clean sheet mentality and two clean sheets in a row is really good for us.

"We've got to play the conditions and that's the bottom line. It's another clean sheet and that's the main thing I will take from it."