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Ince: The Emphasis Is On Us

Posted: Fri 01 Mar 2013
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Manager Previews Bristol City Game

Paul Ince insists that the emphasis is on Blackpool this weekend, as he prepares for his third game in charge of The Seasiders. 

Bristol City are the latest visitors to Bloomfield Road, for a game that the manager stresses cannot be taken for granted with Sean O'Driscoll's side fighting to avoid relegation. 

The Robins beat Barnsley 5-3 at Ashton Gate last Saturday and plenty of work has been put in on the training ground in preparation for this latest test. 

"Bristol City will be coming here in a positive mood after winning against Barnsley last week," Ince said. "We can't take anything for granted because any team can beat anybody in this league. I've said to the lads, just because Bristol City are where they are in the league, don't think that you can roll them over by three or four. They've got some very good players with Davies and Stead up top. They're a big team so defensively we can't be giving silly free-kicks and corners away. 

"They scored five goals from five set-pieces against Barnsley so we've worked on that all week, not just for one day. We've kind of drip-fed the players all week with little bits of information. We've also worked on our attacking phases with the players up front and hopefully, in time, it will all come together."

The aim for Blackpool is to build on a very solid point against Leicester City and end a goal drought that now stretches back three games. 

"We haven't scored goals in the last three games, which is frustrating but we've done some stuff this week. We don't get enough people in the box but we need to. Sometimes you've got to take risks in football to get your rewards  and we'll be doing that on Saturday. 

"As an attacking force we've got to have a right go at them. The emphasis has got to be on us with that winning mentality to go out there and win the game, but that doesn't mean we'll go gung-ho. We need to stay in the game for as long as we can and then hopefully nick that goal that opens the game so we can go and win it. 

"The emphasis is to go and win but it also was against Leicester. We had a couple of good chances but we were just more organised against Leicester, more structured and we were harder to break down. That's got to be the way we go this season," the manager added.