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Ince: We Deserved More

Posted: Sat 04 Jan 2014
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Manager Full Of Praise For Cup Performance

Paul Ince saw plenty of positives in Blackpool's performance against Bolton Wanderers and felt his side deserved more from the game.

Despite exiting the FA Cup following a 2-1 defeat, The Seasiders looked full of fight and spirit and could have added to Tom Barkhuizen's strike had it not been for the fine form of Andy Lonergan.

"I thought we were absolutely fantastic today, I really, really did," the manager said. "I'm disappointed that we're not in the next round because we played really well, especially in the second-half. The keeper has pulled off three world class saves. Things just didn't drop for us.

"When we get our players back you can see we've got that fight and we're a really good side. We've just got to think about The Championship now."

Chris Basham's re-introduction to midfield was full of energy, while Thomas Ince also received praise from the manager for his performance.

"I thought Bash was outstanding," he admitted. "We've missed someone like Bash in the middle of the park because we've had to play him at right-back. Bash gives us a bit more drive and energy.

"I also thought Thomas was back to his best, he did all the right things and deserved a goal. I thought it was a really good team performance." 

The players were backed by 2,410 Blackpool fans in the away end, with the manager also quick to credit the atmosphere for spurring the team on.

"The fans were unbelievable. I know it's not easy to be positive when you're losing games in the league but as I've maintained, if we can get our stronger and better players back then we'll be OK.

"It was a shame we couldn't get the win for the fans but when you see them standing up and clapping, we've actually started to move forward a little bit. We've got three games coming up that will define our season. Let's all stick together and see if we can beat Middlesbrough next Saturday.

"If we can continue that form then we'll pick up some points and get back to winning ways, hopefully," he added.