Holloway keen on keeping Ince

Pool boss admits scoreline flattered his side; Jewell left frustrated

Ian Holloway: Wants Tom Ince to develop at Bloomfield Road

Paul Jewell: Felt his side got caught on the counter-attack too many times

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists he will do all he can to hold onto Tom Ince after his virtuoso display in a six-goal demolition of Ipswich.

Former Liverpool youngster Ince bagged a brace in the Seasiders' opening day win at Millwall and he helped himself to two more fine strikes as Paul Jewell's side were put to the sword.

Aaron Cresswell's own goal and Gary Taylor-Fletcher's strike moments before the break sent the Tangerines in two goals to the good.

Ince was the provider on both occasions and he got in on the act with a scintillating double when the action resumed.

Craig Cathcart was the beneficiary of another Ince cross to make it five and Nouha Dicko completed the rout.

Holloway's side are now the only team in the Championship with a 100 per cent record after three games, but all the talk was about the inspirational Ince after the game.


"He took his goals terrifically well and he's come on leaps and bounds for us over the past year," said Holloway.

"The transfer deadline doesn't bother me because he's got his dad (Paul Ince) who understands what is best for him.

"He knows that Tom needs games to develop and he's at a very good place at Blackpool to do that. I had a conversation with his dad and he wants his boy to stay here.

"When we brought him in I was asked to nurture him and to look after him and that's something I'm grateful for.

"I think the scoreline flattered us to be perfectly honest. They were as good as any side have been here for quite a while and in the first half there was nothing between us.

"They gave a good account of themselves and I think they will have a really good season. They used the ball well and gave our back four problems in the first half.

"I wasn't happy at half-time and I had a word with them at the break because the midfield got it wrong. They didn't understand when they had to press and win the ball back and we allowed them too much possession in front of us."

Bad feeling

Meanwhile, Ipswich manager Paul Jewell was understandably frustrated after seeing his side wave the white flag after seeing their own unbeaten start to the season turn to rubble at Bloomfield Road.

"It feels as bad as a 6-0 defeat can get," he said. "For the first 44 minutes we were very good and I certainly didn't see that coming at that point.

"We had as much possession as them but probably didn't do enough with it. The second goal was decisive; if you go into half-time at 1-0 then you never know what might happen.

"Even at 2-0, the third goal is decisive but we made too many basic mistakes. I can't blame them on us having a young side because mistakes were made by more senior players.

"We were caught on the counter-attack too many times. We left ourselves short in midfield and they hit us on the break time and again. It wasn't as if they had concerted amounts of possession.

"I can't take anything away from Blackpool; they were ruthless in front of goal and took their chances well.

"They've had the same group of players together for a long time now and you can tell in the way that they play."