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Ince: We're Under No Illusions

15 March 2013

Manager Prepared For Peterborough

Paul Ince says that Blackpool's victory at Watford will be 'pointless' if they don't build on the result against Peterborough United tomorrow.  

The Seasiders picked up their first three points under the new manager last weekend to make it four games unbeaten, yet there will be no room for complacency against Darren Ferguson's side. 

"It's been a good week, which it always is when you win, but if we beat Watford and then lose here it's pointless," he said. "We've got to kick-on now, we're unbeaten in four - that's how we've got to look at it - and it's a good opportunity to win on Saturday. 

"We're under no illusions though, I think people can get a bit complacent now because we beat Watford and should beat Peterborough. The Championship doesn't work like that, Peterborough were three up at Ewood Park two weeks ago so we know they score goals.

"I think they're a very, very good side. I went to watch them at Bolton and they played some fantastic football. I know we beat them down at their place but for the first 15 to 20 minutes they were decent, and even against Leeds on Tuesday night in the first 25 minutes they played some really good stuff. 
"I think this is actually going to be a tougher game than it was on Saturday, and that's not being disrespectful to Watford. They're fighting for their lives Peterborough and so are we too, so when you've got two teams fighting for their lives it's always going to be a tough game. As much as we're looking forward to it, we've got to make sure that we're focused and not feel that it's going to be a walk-over."

The playing surface at Bloomfield Road will mean a tactical change or two for the game, with Ince describing his game-plan as playing the conditions.  

"You have to play the conditions so there might be one or two changes because we're playing at home," he admitted. "The thing that gives me a lot of positivity is the fact that we now know that we can go to places like Watford and win away. You always want to try and pick a point up away and win your home games, but we could actually do the reverse to be fair. If it means changing a few players to get the three points at home then that's what I'll do."

Despite returning to light training, Chris Basham remains on the sidelines for the game against Peterborough following an operation on his fractured cheekbone. 

"It's a frustrating one because he's trained all week, he can run, pass and kick balls but he can't have any contact. I wanted him to be involved but I had a chat to the physio and he could get another knock on it. We're lucky that we've got an international break next week so he should be fine for the next game," the manager added.

Isaiah Osbourne could come back into the squad after time out with a hamstring problem, however. 




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