Ince can have his pocket money
PAUL Ince thought he would have to apply some parental discipline after son Tom almost blew Blackpool’s chances of victory at newly-promoted Doncaster.
Winger Ince missed a sitter with time running out and the scores level.
But he made up for his mistake by going on to make one and score one as the Seasiders denied the League One champions a happy return to the Championship.
Ince Senior said: “When Thomas went through I thought ‘he’s gonna score’ and he didn’t.
“For ten minutes there he wasn’t going to get his pocket money, but then he went and scored!
“I thought we deserved to win on the evidence of 94 minutes.
“Doncaster started really well for the first ten minutes. Like every team that gets promoted the players are up for it, the fans are up for it and you know it will be a hard day.
“Once we settled down and got our passes going, we threatened numerous chances in the first half and should have been two or three up.
“When it got to 1-1, I knew that these boys at Blackpool never give in. They’ve got great togetherness and camaraderie and you just know we’re going to score.”
Doncaster striker Chris Brown went close inside ten minutes, but his looping header dropped inches wide of the post.
Instead, it was the Seasiders who took the lead, with new signing Steven Davies tapping into an empty net after fellow debutant Ross Turnbull was injured making a double save from Angel Martinez and Kirk Broadfoot.
David Cotterill went close to an equaliser on 25 minutes, but Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks proved equal to his good, low free-kick.
Doncaster finally equalised on the hour when captain Rob Jones converted Cotterill’s corner with a wellplaced header.
Ince curled in a perfect corner for MacKenzie to head home three minutes from time, just moments after a dreadful miss from Paul Quinn’s mistake.
Ince then rounded off the victory deep into injury time after Turnbull was caught upfield for a Rovers corner, calmly sidefooting into the net from just inside the Doncaster half.
New Doncaster boss Paul Dickov said: “I’m obviously disappointed with the result and the manner of it.
“We started the game a little bit nervy and on edge, maybe with it being our first game back in the Championship.
“But after we settled down we played some really good stuff out there.
“We possibly could have and should have scored but we conceded a goal that we felt was a foul on the goalkeeper.
“We wanted the boys to believe they could get back in into the game.
“We played so well in the second half to get back in the game and we felt there was only one team that was going to go on and win it.
“So to concede from a set piece when we were on top and looking to win the game was, from our point of view, criminal and disappointing.”
THAT’S FOR OPENERS: Steven Davies, centre, is mobbed after marking his debut with Blackpool’s opener
strikes SECOND: Gary MacKenzie