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Ince: We're Looking Forward To It

Posted: Fri 19 Apr 2013
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Manager Previews Brighton Game

Paul Ince says that Blackpool's trip to Brighton holds no fears and it's one that the players are looking forward to. 

The Seasiders head to the south coast on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, and the playing surface at the Amex should allow for some more expressive football. 

"I'm sure the lads are looking forward to playing on a very good pitch and hopefully our passing game will come into it," Ince said. "We've shown against Watford and teams like that we can go and win games.

"Brighton are going for the play-offs and they're a very good side with some very talented players, but nothing fears us because we're a good side when we do things right. We're not worried about going to Brighton, we're quite looking forward to it. Hopefully we'll put on a good show."

A point against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night kept Blackpool four points above the relegation zone, although safety isn't fully guaranteed just yet due to some big results again near the bottom. 

"The future of this club still hangs in the balance slightly, as far as staying in this league. I've spoken to a few managers though and we hope that 55 is the mark but you just don't know because of how crazy this league has been," the manager admitted.

The fixture against Brighton will see Ince come up against his friend Gus Poyet in the dugouts but all the niceties will go out of the window for at least 90 minutes.   

"Gus is a good friend of mine. We had two weeks together in Abu Dhabi with our wives last year and he's a lovely fella," he said. "The way he plays football is a joy to watch and we're using their training ground on Friday afternoon. We're not friends on Saturday at three o'clock but we will be at five o'clock."

A clean sheet against The Seagulls would take Pool's tally to six under the new manager and although most of the headlines have gone to Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie, the performances of goalkeeper Matt Gilks haven't gone unnoticed. 

"Because we've been defending so well we've kind of forgotten about Gilksy. When you look at the shots he's had to save over the last six or seven games, I think you can count them on one hand. The thing about being a very good goalkeeper is that when you are called upon, you're ready. Against Burnley he made two world class saves and on Tuesday night he was different class when called upon. That's what it's all about, everyone has got to muck in," he added.