Manager Pleased To Start With Victory
Blackpool manager Paul Ince was delighted to open up the new season with a 'thoroughly deserved three points' at Doncaster Rovers.
Late goals from Gary MacKenzie and Thomas Ince helped The Seasiders to a 3-1 victory, after Steven Davies had earlier opened his account for the club.
Newly-promoted clubs are always full of optimism, so the manager was understandably pleased with the result at full-time.
"It's never easy coming to a team that has just got promoted," he said. "They started very well Doncaster in the first five or 10 minutes. We took a while to get to grips with it but once we got it down, after 10 or 15 minutes, we created enough chances and played some good football."
Despite a number of players moving on over the summer, the famous character within the Blackpool side was once again on display at The Keepmoat Stadium.
"You know what this club's about, you know what these players are about - especially the ones that have been here for a while - they never get their heads down, they get on with it. When I look at the balance of play, it was a thoroughly deserved three points.
"It's great to come and get three points but we can't rest on our laurels. It's a tough season and there's a lot more obstacles in our way, but this bunch of lads can hopefully overcome them."
Ince reserved special praise for midfielder Chris Basham, who was introduced off the bench to help tighten things up on the right of midfield.
"I thought Bash was outsanding, I really did," he admitted. "I said to the lads in the dressing room that, because we're so thin on the ground, everybody is going to get game time. We're still trying to build and we're still trying to bring players in but the substitutes made such an impact.
"It's easy for players when they're not in the starting 11 just to sulk and moan. I don't want people like that and Bash shows the right attitude all the time, whether he's in the side or not in the side. He always wants to make an impact, and he actually did that."
Another player who made a cameo appearance off the bench was new loan signing Jack Robinson, someone the manager knows plenty about already.
"He's another left-back so it's competition for Bob. If I can get more players in then it's more competition for everybody else, but it's going to take time. I know Jack because I watched him grow up with Thomas so I know his capabilities and I know that he's played numerous times for the first-team. He played at Wolves last season and did ever so well," he added.
All attentions now turn to the matter of a local derby against Preston North End in the Capital One Cup on Monday evening.