Manager Excited By First Home Game
The Seasiders will take to the newly resurfaced Bloomfield Road pitch this Saturday as they welcome David Flitcroft's Barnsley for the first home match of the season and Paul Ince admits he is looking forward to being back on home turf.
The Tykes took maximum points from the fixture on the Fylde Coast in February, but Ince isn't treating it as a chance to get revenge, but instead as just another opportunity to get three points on the board.
"We're very much looking forward to it, especially after getting the three points at Doncaster," said Ince. "It's always nice to come back (home) into what looks like a new stadium, because we have got a decent pitch now.
"We've had a couple of days off and we've been back on the training ground today and the lads seem in good spirits, which is important.
"The league is the most important thing to us and if we can get another three points on Saturday it will be good. Even if we get a point - four points in our first two games is always a good return, but we are looking to get three.
"I'm sure Barnsley are looking to get three after losing to Wigan, but we are very much up for it and very much looking forward to it."
Jack Robinson and Michael Chopra were handed starts in Monday's Capital One Cup game at Deepdale, while Steven Davies started his second game in the space of three days in the same game and the manager believes the future is bright as far as the new signings are concerned.
"When you sign players at a later stage a lot of the players are not training as much as they should do with their respective clubs at the time because they are looking to come to us, so when they do come they are a little bit behind in their fitness work.
"That's been the case with Davies and Chopra. Chops is probably more behind because he hardly trained for two weeks because of the situation going on at Ipswich and there were complications, so he comes in and he's not as sharp as the rest of the lads. It's a case of getting them up to speed.
"I thought Chops did well on Monday and looks like he is getting there and the same goes for Steven Davies, but in another two or three weeks we should start to see the best of those two."
It's been a busy first week to the season, with two games coming in such quick succession, and despite the disappointment of losing out in the Capital One Cup, Ince is remaining positive heading into the weekend.
"Apart from losing to Preston, last week was a good week. We went to Doncaster, a team that has just come up, played very well and got three points.
"Any manager will tell you that in the first game you want to get something out of it, whether it's a point or three points, and we managed to get three points so we will be looking to do exactly the same again," added Ince.