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Ince: Ludo Was Our Hero

27 April 2013

Manager Reflects On Dramatic Derby Win

Paul Ince was delighted to finally ensure safety after a late Ludovic Sylvestre goal secured a 2-1 win over Derby County in the last home game of the season.

It was another stunning strike from the Frenchman who controlled the ball on his chest before unleashing a left-footed volley into the corner of the net.

The second-half saw Blackpool drop deeper and they let the visitors back into the game, but Ince maintained they were still worthy winners.

"I think we thoroughly deserved to win the game. I felt that we needed to start early and start quickly because you never know what mindset Derby would be in with them being secure and we did - we got the early goal. 

"If Thomas scores the penalty that kills the game and he is obviously disappointed about it. When it hits the inside of the post and goes across you wonder if it's going to be our day, but if he puts that away we win comfortably.

"The longer the game went on you could sense the apprehension around and than funneled into the players. Some of the decisions we were making were school boy decisions that we wouldn't normally make.

"We got deeper and deeper and that's when you need voices and leaders to say 'get up the park' and stick to the basics and believe in what you do. We didn't do the basics in the second-half well enough; we kept giving silly free-kicks away and when they got the goal it didn't surprise me to be honest."

The Seasiders made life difficult at times but still had plenty of chances and a combination of good defending and goalkeeping ensured the game stayed level until the very last minute.

"It was a case of how we would react, but with this bunch of players you know they will always react and pull themselves off the floor and we just needed a bit of luck because Fletch had one cleared off the line, Delfouneso hit the bar and Cathcart then had one cleared off the line.

"In situations like that you are looking for a hero and one came along in Ludo, who has been fantastic again and when the ball dropped to him you wouldn't have wanted it to fall to any other player, because he is scoring goals at the moment.

"It was a relief when it went in and I think it's thoroughly deserved because they have worked so hard since I have been here and I've put demands on them and asked for standards and they have met those standards.

"Now we want to go forward because I'm ambitious, not just on the football pitch, but with the whole environment, culture and mindset of how we do things," added Ince.

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