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Ince: Time To Bounce Back

6 December 2013

The manager's thoughts ahead of the trip to Derby tomorrow

After a disappointing defeat at Yeovil on Tuesday night, Paul Ince says Blackpool have now recharged their batteries and will look to return to winning ways when they visit Derby County tomorrow lunchtime.

Ince was understandably frustrated after seeing his side slump to just their third defeat of the season at Huish Park, with three of his players also receiving their marching orders in stoppage time. But as far as he is concerned that is old news now as they take on an in-form Derby side in front of the Sky cameras tomorrow.

"It was a disappointing result on Tuesday as I thought we were the better team. We weren't clinical enough in front of goal and to add to that their goal was two or three yards offside, so it wasn't a good night to say the least," said Ince.

"It was obviously massively disappointing that three of our most experienced players got sent off. The two centre-halves (MacKenzie and Broadfoot) have been absolutely magnificent all season and have been an integral part of us keeping the eight clean sheets we have done so far this season.

"Fortunately it's only a one-game suspension so they will be back for the QPR game. In the meantime we're scarce for resources at the back, but we've got people who can come in there and do a job. 

"We've been playing Bash at right-back and Bish at left-midfield, so that shows that we can mix around with the squad."

Despite the setback on Tuesday night Ince is delighted with how his side have performed so far this campaign, as they remain in the play-off positions ahead of the trip to the iPro Stadium.

"In the bookies' eyes I think we've produced an absolute miracle so far. The lads have been absolutely excellent, so long may that continue. 

"To be where we are now was unthinkable at the start of pre-season - no-one expected it. But we're not getting carried away as we're only in December.

"In an ideal world you'd like to go to Derby with your best side but that's something we're not going to be able to do. However, one thing about these lads is that they always go and surprise you when you least expect it, so we'll go there and give it a right good go."

Tomorrow's game provides Ince's side with one of, if not their toughest game to date this season, as they take on a Derby side looking for a fifth straight win in the league.

"I've watched them a few times this season. They've always been a good side and they have got a very good group of young players who are getting to grips with what is expected of them. 

"I was very impressed with what I saw of them last weekend at Wigan, so we'll have to be at our best if we want to get anything from the game."

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