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Ince: We Were Tactically Spot On

Posted: Sat 17 Aug 2013
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Manager Reacts To Middlesbrough Point

Paul Ince says that Blackpool's tactics were 'spot on' against Middlesbrough, despite a late goal denying the team victory. 

The manager opted to field five renowned central midfielders against Tony Mowbray's side, with Neal Bishop joining Chris Basham as a makeshift player out wide. 

The game-plan was to limit opportunities for Boro's two flair players on the wings, Albert Adomah and Mustapha Carayol, in an effort to nullify any potential attacking threats. 

"We looked at the two wingers against Charlton and they're flying machines. Sometimes we can't be as expansive as we want to be, I just thought that Bish had that defensive side of the role and the discipline to do it," Ince admitted. "I think we nullified them to be fair, and Jack Robinson against Adomah showed what a good left-back he is. 

"I thought that tactically we got it spot on. We knew looking at that game last week that they're a very good side and play a lot of football, but I don't think there was any stage in the game where they worried us. We always know that we can get something from set-pieces."

Still trying to get a number of new attacking players up to full speed, the manager is happy to adopt a needs must approach when utilising the players at his disposal.  

"Sometimes you have to play with the personnel you've got - we haven't got Thomas and we haven't got Matty Phillips - but we can still play football."

An 83rd minute goal from Chris Basham looked to have secured all three points for The Seasiders, yet Marvin Emnes levelled matters deep into injury-time. 

"I feel like it's two points dropped to be fair because once we got the goal I couldn't see them scoring. They just threw caution to the wind, we made a mistake and gave them a lifeline. 

"But I've said to the lads 'don't be disappointed, seven points is a great return'. It's a fantastic return from a squad that's not fully fit and a squad that's not really completed yet," he added.