BLACK­POOL ....1 BURNLEY ........0

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Bai­ley

BLACK­POOL man­ager Paul Ince be­lieves Lu­dovic Sylvestre is mak­ing a good case for a fresh deal af­ter the play­maker’s piledriver se­cured a vi­tal three points against Burnley.

The former Barcelona trainee joined the Seasiders in 2010 and has struck twice in his last two games – with his most re­cent ef­fort wor­thy of win­ning any game.

Now 29, the mid­fielder’s con­tract runs out in the sum­mer and with rel­e­ga­tion still a threat in a ridicu­lously tight bot­tom half of the ta­ble, Ince is in no mood to start re­new­ing deals.

How­ever few goals this sea­son are likely to prove as valu­able as the rocket that won the Lan­cashire derby and af­ter ded­i­cat­ing the win to Gary MacKen­zie, af­ter the de­fender’s grand­fa­ther passed away in mid-week, Ince ad­mit­ted he was im­pressed by the mer­cu­rial mid­fielder.

“Loads of play­ers are out of con­tract,” he said.“We’ve got some very good play­ers here.

“But I’ve said to them from day one, as soon as we get to where we need to in this league, we’ll sit down and talk about the fu­ture but Lu­dovic is cer­tainly not do­ing him­self any harm.

“When he’s play­ing in that No.10 role, be­cause he’s such a good foot­baller he’s al­ways at­tracted to the ball – but if he can just get more cen­tral he will be able to get shots off and make it hap­pen.

“Gary MacKen­zie was out­stand­ing. He lost his grand­dad in the week and we said we’d ded­i­cate the win to him.

“We wanted to give him a cou­ple days off too but he wanted to be part of it and con­sid­er­ing the sit­u­a­tion, he was bril­liant.

“I don’t think we’re safe. It’s a crazy league, isn’t it?”

Burnley made their pres­ence felt with a quar­ter-hour gone when ex-West Ham man Ju­nior Stanis­las let a scream­ing shot rip – beat­ing Matthew Gilks but not the post.

How­ever, the Black­pool goal­keeper’s hand was forced just be­fore half-time with a full-stretched save to deny winger Ross Wal­lace his fourth goal of the sea­son.

The Seasiders took a lit­tle in­spi­ra­tion from Guade­loupe fol­low­ing the restart as Sylvestre buried the ball into the top cor­ner in the 58th minute – mak­ing a statue out of Burnley keeper Lee Grant.

And the 29-year-old had the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to dou­ble-up ten min­utes from time, but some­how nod­ded wide af­ter Thomas Ince’s de­flected ef­fort thud­ded against the cross­bar.

Sean Dy­che re­fused to blame Black­pool’s much­ma­ligned pitch in a game the former cen­tre-back in­sisted was more suited for the back­line than 28-goal Char­lie Austin.

“On that sur­face it was ei­ther prob­a­bly go­ing to end up as a mis­take from some­one or a qual­ity fin­ish,” said Dy­che.

“They had the bet­ter fist of it early on but I ac­tu­ally thought they man­aged to play on that sur­face.

“We had pock­ets of it as the half went on.Their keeper made a bril­liant save against Wal­lace which is the best I’ve seen for some time.

“Sec­ond-half the qual­ity soft­ened be­cause of the pitch – which is the worst I’ve ever seen in my ca­reer and I’ve played on some bad ones, I can as­sure you.

“I’m ab­so­lutely sure Paul Ince wants to play on a bet­ter sur­face than that but it what it is – there are no ex­cuses, I want to make that clear.

“Char­lie cer­tainly doesn’t hear any­thing about get­ting that 30-goal mile­stone from me, he just wants to play, af­fect games and score.”

HAVE SOME OF THAT: Lu­dovic Sylvestre scores the only goal of the game

GIVE ME FIVE: Lu­dovic Sylvestre cel­e­brates scor­ing with his team­mates

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

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