Thomas Ince is hoping that Saturday’s win over Peterborough will be the catalyst for The Seasiders to move back up the Championship table, starting with this weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace.
Despite suffering only one defeat in eight, a string of draws prior to the game against Peterborough had seen Blackpool slip down to 16th in the table.
Two goals from Ince and one apiece from Wes Thomas and Nouha Dicko saw the Tangerines claim all three points at London Road, but the 20-year-old believes that the victory was the least the team warranted following recent performances.
“We know we’ve deserved a lot more over the last three of four weeks,” said Ince.
“We’ve played some great football and deserved more than the points we’ve had. All we needed was that one win, that little bit of luck and we’ve got that today. All we can do now is put this behind us as a win and look forward to Palace.
“We’ve got a massive game next week away at Palace, that won’t be easy but this result had given us a springboard to push up the table now. We still have a lot to improve on as a team but we can work on that this week in training and go to Palace with a real spirit and looking to win.
“We know that the league table doesn’t mean anything right now. It’s all about just trying to stay in contention and picking up as many points as you can. Away from home if we keep putting on performances like that we won’t do too badly. When the league heats up in February and March, that’s when we’ll be looking to hit top form and get right in the mix.”
Last weekend’s double, a third brace of the season, moved the England Under-21 International up to third in the list of the Championship’s top marksmen. After converting a penalty to put Michael Appleton’s side 2-0 up, Ince rounded off the win in style in the 88th minute.
The winger latched on to a long ball played forward, holding off one Peterborough defender and then cutting inside another, before rifling a left footed strike into the top corner from the edge of the area.
“It’s probably one of the best goals I’ve scored this season. All I do is work hard for this team and work hard for the fans of Blackpool Football Club. When I do get the ball I try to excite people and try to score goals. Fortunately for me this season there has been quite a few of them. I’ve just got to keep grounded, keep working hard and hopefully I’ll score some more.
“I haven’t really managed to get that hat-trick that I’ve been craving yet, but if I can keep getting myself in the right positions and keep getting shots on target, hopefully that’ll come.
“Overall it was a great team performance and as a team I think it was something that we needed. We all stuck together and you can see that there were a lot of players out on that pitch who really wanted to win that game.”