Ince Shrugs Off West Ham Taunts
Thomas Ince hopes Blackpool can use Reading as inspiration as the Seasiders look to bounce back from the heartache of defeat in the npower Championship play-off final.
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Reading lost to Swansea in the Wembley showpiece 12 months ago before surging to the title and promotion back to the Barclays Premier League this season.
Blackpool, like Saturday's opponents West Ham, were targeting an immediate return to the top flight following relegation.
Ince will have to wait a little longer for his big chance in the Premier League after Ricardo Vaz Te struck three minutes from time to give the Hammers a 2-1 victory.
But the 20-year-old replied to the taunts of West Ham fans with a superb equaliser early in the second half to cancel out Carlton Cole's opening goal.
Ince's father Paul left Upton Park under a cloud after being photographed in a Manchester United shirt while still a Hammers player. With nothing forgotten, the West Ham faithful took it out on his son - but to no avail.
"That didn't bother me, I'm just devastated at the result. We created the better chances in the game," said Ince.
"Matt Phillips had two great chances in the first half but he didn't bury them. But these things happen and it is very frustrating, the most important thing now is that we bounce back.
"Whatever happened with my dad happened and you have just got to deal with it. All I can do is what I do on the pitch, so it was nice to get a goal.
"It was a dream to even play at a place like this, let alone get a goal.
"It is great to score but it is a bit dampening to not come away with the result we wanted.
"But like I said, the important thing is how we respond to this. We have to look at Reading and what they did - they were in the same position as us last year and ran away in the league this season.
"We will be trying to emulate that and we will be determined to go straight up next time."
Blackpool were unable to repeat their play-off final victory of two years ago.
The Seasiders lit up the Premier League for the one season they were in the top flight, but their relegation led to the squad being disassembled as other clubs picked off their prized assets.
Key figures such as Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan left Bloomfield Road.
Goalkeeper Matt Gilks hopes that boss Ian Holloway can avoid a fire sale this time round.
"It will be a big call for us to go again next season after this, but it was a big call this season after relegation last year," said Gilks, who was persuaded to sign a new two-year contract after relegation from the Premier League last summer.
"But we will pick ourselves up, have a really good pre-season and go to it again.
"There is always a chance that the way some lads have played this season that they will be targeted. But the manager is very persuasive, as I know, and he can keep people on board.
"We have competed against some very big teams this season with big budgets and we have proved that we are decent footballing team."