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Ince: The Lads Are Hurting

1 January 2014

The manager's thoughts on the Sheffield Wednesday defeat

Following their 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, Paul Ince spoke with his players for 45 minutes, and experienced their pain.

The Seasiders are amidst a poor run of form, which has wielded no win in seven games, but Ince appreciates the 100% effort his players are putting in.

It wasn't the ideal start to 2014, but Ince believes they can turn this run around.

"We had a good chat and the lads are giving me their all. They are taking responsibility, as at the end of the day they are the ones out there," said Ince.

"The lads are hurting, of course they are. We will keep going, this club is all about togetherness and spirit. 

"When you look at games we've lost recently, we've done well in dribs and drabs, but no sustained spells. 

"It's strange because at the start of the season we were the ones scoring the first goal. Now we seem to be conceding first, and it's about our reaction."

Pool are without a win since November, and Ince pinpoints the game where his side's fortunes have declined.

"This run all stems from Yeovil. We lost three of our main players through suspensions and injuries. 

"We haven't really recovered from that to be honest. We've had to play the same players over the Christmas period, and it takes its toll."

Without Chris Basham and Kirk Broadfoot, Blackpool's defensive options were bare for the Hillsborough trip, with Neal Bishop moving to right back.

Options will improve for the FA Cup tie at Bolton, and Ince is relishing haven't all his squad available to him, whilst bracing himself for more departures.

"Hopefully in the next two or three weeks we'll have our full squad back. But we have four or five players leaving us now.

"It leaves us with about 13 players, that shows where we are. We are going to try and rebuild the squad, but it's easier said than done.

"The lads will be back in tomorrow and are already looking forward to the Bolton game," said Ince. 

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