Manager Speaks Highly Of Players
Paul Ince again came out and spoke highly of his team following yet another 1-0 home win over the much-fancied Watford.
Thomas Ince was the Pool hero this week, coming off the bench with around 25 minutes to go and netting the winner nine minutes from time after a fine run from deep.
Despite the scoreline it could have been a different story had it not been for some brilliant goalkeeping from Matt Gilks, including a penalty save meant another clean sheet.
"First-half, if it had been a boxing match it would have been all over to be fair," admitted Ince.
"The penalty miss obviously helped us, which was a great save from Gillo. We go back to two weeks ago when Gillo was a bit down because of the Middlesbrough goal, but I've said to them that Gillo will save you more points than he will cost you, and the penalty save is a fantastic save."
The Seasiders came out firmly on the front foot in the second-half and the manager had a simple message for his troops at the interval.
"I thought we gave them too much respect first-half and there was no reason we had to; yes, they are a very good side with very good players, but we gave them too much respect and stood off them and that allowed them to play at their own tempo.
"They hit the post and Gillo made some more fantastic saves, but you've got to stay in the game. We've got Bish playing at right-back and Bash at centre-half and I don't know how the boys do it.
"No two halves are the same and that was a prime example because second-half I thought we were by far the better side and created more and more chances. As well as they were the better side in the first-half we were by far the better side in the second-half and we could have won by more than just one, but I'm not going to grumble."
Ince saw the past two games as big tests against two sides expected to be vying for promotion come the end of the season and with six points to show the manager could not be more pleased with his side's efforts.
"You ride your luck, stay in the game and you've always got a chance of scoring and that's what we did.
"We were outstanding second-half and the ones who've been here know what we are trying to do, what we've been through. We've got kids on the bench and players playing out of position and we've just beaten one of the favourites to go up and that is a credit to that lot in there."