Ince - Should have been more

Ferguson pleased to be in front

One is not enough

Tom Ince: His deflected effort means Blackpool hold a narrow lead

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Tom Ince was pleased to play a leading role in Blackpool's 1-0 play-off victory over Birmingham, but feels the scoreline should have been more convincing.

Ince's ambitious effort shortly before the interval in the first leg of a semi-final showdown at Bloomfield Road took a wicked deflection off Curtis Davies on its way into the net.

Both sides had their chances to add to the scoring in the second half, but the Seasiders will take a narrow lead with them to St Andrew's next Wednesday.

Ince admits it was imperative that Blackpool established an advantage on home soil, but concedes that they could have been even closer to booking a Wembley date.

"It should have been more," he told Sky Sports.

"In the second half we had a few chances, but we are happy with the 1-0.

"It was vital that we got something here, we couldn't have gone there with a draw. We had to score and we will go there with an advantage.

"It could have been more, but we will take a 1-0."

Difficult trip

Blackpool did their utmost to find a second on the night, with Ian Holloway throwing on Kevin Phillips and Nouha Dicko as legs started to tire, but skipper Barry Ferguson says the Seasiders will settle for a 1-0 success.

He said: "That's the way we have played all season. Even at 1-0 up the gaffer tends to put more forwards on and try to win the game.

"At the end of the day, we are happy with 1-0 but it's only half-time and we have got a difficult trip down to St Andrew's next week. But 1-0 is a decent result."

Ferguson spent two years with the Blues before linking up with Blackpool last summer and is aware that Holloway's side will not have things all their own way in the Midlands.

He said: "I had two great years at Birmingham so I know what the fans are like, they are fantastic fans.

"They will get right behind their team, but I'm sure we will take a good support down and hopefully we'll get a victory."