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Blackpool manager Paul Ince's thoughts following win over Watford
Paul Ince was full of praise for Watford’s first-half performance at Bloomfield Road on Saturday and believes the Hornets ‘will go up this year’.
Gianfranco Zola’s men dominated the opening 45 minutes at Bloomfield Road and their impressive play should have been rewarded with a comfortable lead at the interval. However, the Hornets were made to pay the price for not converting their chances as Ince’s son, Thomas, scored the winner late in the second half.
The Tangerines boss reflected: “In the first half if it had been a boxing match it would have been all over, that’s being blunt. Some managers don’t see it the same way as others do but Watford were absolutely outstanding in the first 45 minutes and if they’d scored the penalty it would have completely been a different game. They could have gone on to win three or four to be fair and we rode our luck.
“I think sometimes you earn your luck. People say should that always be the case, well it should be the case because when you got two centre midfield players, one playing right back and one playing centre half playing against a very, very good side like Watford who will go up this year – I think they’re absolutely fantastic and they’ve got a fantastic manager – you’re going to ride your luck. Gillo (Matthew Gilks) made a fantastic save from the penalty and that kind of turned it a bit.
“But I couldn’t wait to get them back into the changing room at half-time because we actually showed them too much respect. We sat deep, we allowed them to dictate the pace of the game, play at their own tempo and you can’t sit deep against teams like Watford because the players are that good, they can do little round the corners, one-twos, the movement’s unbelievable and that’s what cost us the penalty.
Ince said: “At half-time I said ‘listen lads, we’re paying them too much respect’. You’ve got to get in their faces, unsettle them because I know what it’s like when you play against teams like this. If you unsettle their rhythm you’ve always got a chance and that’s what we did. We did that early doors, we had two or three chances early doors in the second half so as much as they were the best team in the first half, we were by far the better team in the second half.”
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