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Paul Ince To Rise To Challenge

Posted: Sat 11 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

The manager after the loss to Middlesbrough

Paul Ince came out fighting following his side's 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough, vowing to rise to the challenge his side are facing.

Blackpool's poor form continued at Bloomfield Road, as The Seasiders made it nine games without a victory.

Until the 84th minute there was little difference between the two clubs, but a late double from Mustapha Carayol sealed Boro's victory.

"I'm never one for shirking a challenge. It messes up everybody's weekend when you don't win the game.

"The lads are disappointed because they've done well today. It is from our corner, and you need to show him the outside. You hold out for a point, then it gives you something to build on.

"It was never a 2-0 game, we dominated for long periods, but we need a cutting edge when we're on top," said Ince.

For the majority of the game either side could have won it, with Blackpool enjoying much of the possession, without testing Shay Given on too many occasions.

However, Boro's substitutes made the difference, whilst Ince felt his options were thin for changing the game.

"I'm trying to change a game and you think who to bring on, you can't rely on 11 players, you need to change things and we can't do that, because we are down to the bare bones.

"When things are going bad you have to pull in the same direction. If we were playing poorly and weren't in games then I'd be looking at myself, but we need a break. 

"I asked for a positive response from everyone at the club, and I got it from the players and fans. All of a sudden we're chasing an equaliser and we end up conceding a second," said Ince.