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Ince: Lads Were Outstanding

6 April 2013

Manager Delighted With Efforts

Paul Ince praised his Blackpool players for an outstanding effort once again, after finishing a game with 10-men for the second time inside a week.

A masterclass in resolute defending and classic counter attacking looked set to end Nottingham Forest's unbeaten run, but Isaiah Osbourne's sending off and a penalty conceded by Chris Basham in the 81st minute left The Seasiders settling for a point.

The performance was one that left Ince proud, although he was bitterly disappointed not to take all three points from the encounter at the City Ground. 

"It should have been three, it really should have been three," he said. "We set our stall out and we knew that Forest would come out quick because they always do. I just felt that if we could weather the storm then we'd cause them problems with our counter attacking and pace up-front. 

"We looked so comfortable after the goal and we were disciplined in our set-up and game-plan, we didn't get over anxious even when they had the ball. We let them play in front of us and we could have scored two or three, to be fair. At half-time I was confident we could hang on to the three points. 

"The lads were outstanding, they showed so much resilience and togetherness. To lose Gary as well, it just shows what they're made of. They're a credit to themselves. Forest are going for promotion and we've come here and made them look quite ordinary."

The manager has witnessed plenty of signs in the past two performances that suggest that Blackpool's fight is coming back. 

"We've now got a team where everybody is working together and they've kind of got that mojo back, that spirit that I saw last year. We've got a couple of games at home now so hopefully those can do the business for us."

The one sour note was the dismissal of Isaiah Osbourne, who appeared to be pushed and slipped into the challenge that saw him see red. The club will now look to rectify that decision. 

"We will appeal against it and I expect it to get overturned," Ince added.

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