Winger On Facing Schmeichel Again
Thomas Ince says he had to overcome Kasper Schmeichel's 'mind games' to score Blackpool's equaliser against Leicester City on Saturday.
Having watched their respective dads play at Manchester United together, an Ince vs Schmeichel penalty scenario was something that had been years in the making.
"I've known Kasper for quite a lot of years now and I had a good chat with him last year when they played here," the 21-year-old said. "When I took the penalty he was playing loads of mind games.
"We used to play football at Old Trafford in the lounges and we'd kick a ball and he'd be in goal. It was still the same outcome - always a goal."
Ince kept his nerve to score the penalty and level matters for Blackpool in injury-time, with the winger blasted the ball straight down the middle.
"It was one of those where a lot of things are going through your mind. It's just about hitting the target and being able to do it, and I felt that Kasper had to dive because at that time in the game the keeper isn't going to stand down the middle. I just concentrated on getting good contact on the ball and fortunately for me it went in the back of the net."
Overall a point on Saturday was probably a fair result, yet Blackpool's showing in the first 45 minutes could have warranted more.
"In the first-half we felt comfortable - going into the game we knew about Leicester and the threat they pose - and at half-time we were pleased with our performance. We were 1-0 up so it was obviously a nice feeling.
"In the second-half we didn't start at all, they came out of the traps firing and we had to weather the storm. Some individual mistakes cost us to go 2-1 down but again we showed the team spirit that we've shown here all season. We've shown that we can come back and grind out results," he added.