Manager Looks Ahead To First Game
Paul Ince takes charge of his first game as Blackpool manager tonight as The Seasiders travel across the Pennines to face Leeds United.
The new manager is no stranger to Elland Road and knows that whatever side Neil Warnock puts out The Seasiders will have to be prepared for a physical battle.
This fixture last season saw Blackpool run out 5-0 winners thanks to a Jonjo Shelvey hat-trick and two goals from Lomana Lua-Lua, but Ince is not expecting it to be as easy this time around.
"Elland Road, especially with the punters there, is a tough place to go and it's always a battle. I remember going there last year when we beat them 5-0 but they had a man sent off early doors so it can look a bit false in a way.
"But, I don't think this team fears anybody because they've been in the Premier League and they should have got there again last year, I don't think they are fazed by going to places like Leeds.
"The lads know what to expect and you know what Neil Warnock's teams are like. It's going to be a battle. You have to earn the right to play.
"You aren't going to just be able to get the ball down and play at our own tempo because they are going to be right in our faces. So, we have to put a team out that is going to battle, win the battle and then hopefully later on in the game allow us to go and play the football that we like to play."
Having watched the majority of the games from the stands over the past 14 months you would be forgiven for thinking that Ince would be desperate to take up his position in the technical area, but that may not necessarily be the case.
"I'm not too sure what to do. I don't know whether to sit upstairs with my missus or not! Sometimes I do like to spend the first-half upstairs to see the game from up there. I did that at MK Dons but I will be on the touchline tonight.
"I will try and keep myself calm. With it being the first game you always look forward to it and hopefully it will be good. It will be a tough game and we've just got to make sure we can stay in the game for as long as we can and go from there."