INCE: I WANT MUD AND BLOOD
PAUL INCE has urged his Blackpool players to get their hands dirty to avoid another relegation scare.
Having reached the playoff final in 2012, the Seasiders’ formed declined last season and they finished a disappointing 15th after being dragged into a late battle against the drop.
With several key players departing in the summer, and injury worries giving 45year-old Ince unwanted selection headaches, he’s determined to learn the lessons.
“I’d hate to have a team sat after the game all clean, with no mud or blood on them,” said Ince.
“I like my players to have cuts and bruises. That’s what it’s going to take to stay in this division.
“First of all, we need to get to a magic number as quickly as we can. Once we get to it, I’ll look at how many games are left and how far we are away from the second phase.That’s the way you have got to be in this division.
“As much as we’ve had a good start, it can paper over the cracks and I don’t mean that in a nasty way,” added Ince, who has been fined £3,000 by the FA for comments made following the club’s Capital One Cup exit at Preston.
“People have spoken about how well we’ve done to be so high in the league.
“But the next couple of weeks are going to be a real test for us.”
LESSONS: Paul Ince