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Ince: We've Got To Stick Together

29 December 2013

Manager Issues Rallying Call

Manager Paul Ince insists that everybody must stick together following a tough run of results in December.

Never one for negativity, The Seasiders' boss was disappointed to hear certain reactions from the stands in the midst of the team's 1-0 defeat to Brighton.

Having watched and guided Blackpool to their best ever start to a league season, Ince isn't prepared to let all the good work slip away during a blip.

"If you look at our team over the last six weeks it hasn't been the team that started on that run," he said. "We played Leeds on Thursday and it was the first time we had our back four for two months. We then lose one of them against Leeds.

"We are where we are and we've just got to stick together and keep going. We're not in the bottom three of the table, we're three or four points off the play-offs.

"We're a good team and a good club if we all pull in the same direction. If we try to fragment then that's no good. These lads are trying for me every week and as long as they're trying, that's all you can ask from them."

Inigo Calderon's winning goal was all about doing the basics right, with the manager keen to stress the marginal difference on the pitch.

"It was a disappointing result but it was a result that could have easily been avoided," he admitted. "You don't track your runner and it's a mistake that's the difference between the two teams to be honest.

"I'm frustrated because it's such a fine line between winning games, losing games and drawing games, and today was another one of those days. We're asking the same players to play every day through Christmas and no one else is doing that in this league.

"I don't like people booing the players or booing anyone during the game. If we're rubbish then boo us at the end of the game, I accept that. Today that was so unfair and it disappoints me because these boys are trying their hearts out for everybody.

"It disappointed me and it disappointed the players. Supporters should be supporting us in bad times and the good times. I didn't enjoy that at all today - we didn't get beat 4-0, we lost by a mistake. We all have to take a rain check and pull in the same direction. If you keep getting that then you can easily fall down the league, and that's something that I don't want."

The Seasiders will now look to bounce back against Sheffield Wednesday on New Year's Day, albeit without another couple of absentees. 

"Bash is suspended, Broadie's out and I think Robbo's got a hamstring problem. This is where we are and everyone has got to understand that. They've got to support us and pull us through this moment," he added.

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