The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Paul Bar­ber

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

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