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Ince: We Could Have Got Something

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince believes that his side were unfortunate to slip to another defeat, when we were beaten 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Ince has said that he was proud of the performance his side put in against Tottenham Hotspur and feels that we could've easily got something from the match, which sees our winless run in the Premier League extended to a worrying eight matches, however, this run isn't exactly a true reflection of things over that period.

Ince told Sky Sports News: "I feel a bit sorry for my players I felt they were absolutely outstanding today.

"We've come out and created enough chances where we could have got something from the game.

"I always thought that we would get something from the game, obviously they are going to have chances because we are down to 10 men.

"The longer it was 1-0 I thought we were going to nick something but the way the lads played I was proud of them.
"

If Rovers carry on playing like we did against Tottenham (however, personally I feel more so in matches before as I don't actually think we played that well) Incey remains convinced that relegation isn't a threat, despite the fact that this defeat leaves us in the bottom three.

He added: "We have just got to keep performing like this, people put too much emphasis on where we are at the moment.

"There are another 20-odd games to go, we're in good spirits, we put in a good performance against a very good Tottenham side with 10 men for most of the game. That has to stand us in good stead for the next upcoming games.
"

Martin Olsson was the man dismissed, which came just before the half time break when he picked up his second booking. Incey agreed that the second booking was just, but didn't think that both yellows were something that the young Swede deserved.

The former England International also said: "I've looked at the first one and it wasn't a booking. Martin has put his leg there and because of the speed of Lennon he's gone over on it, it wasn't a booking but the second one, yeah it is.

"I think it was youthfulness and exuberance, and being young and as I say the first one is not a booking anyway but once you've got that yellow card you have to be careful but he will learn. The lad is devastated but he will be fine.
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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 24 2008

Time: 5:52PM

Your Comments

I don't actually think that we played that well and didn't look like getting much from the match at many stages, so personally I'm not sure I agree with Incey?
Walker
I think that the first yellow card was more for the fact that the lad had floored Lennon about a minute earlier which was a worse challenge but the ref played advantage.
zzz
Ince: We Could Have Got Something.... yes a bigger thrashing!! Blackburn were appalling and Ince has to go, his team do not want to play for him!!!...mind you he will blame the players!
squeaky
Outstanding? I'm all for protecting players in the media but that is hard to take. If I was one of the fans who travelled all the way to London to watch that dross I'd be becoming rather disillisioned very quickly.
durks de rover
"We COULD have got something"??? The point is we didn't did we?? Coulds and might haves dont get points on the board do they??? Stop making excuses Ince!!!
rover23
Well said Durks!!
spinaker7081
He is putting a positive spin on things guys. It would be a bit wierd if he went "yes I am terrible and I should be sacked" like most of you sound like you think he should be saying!!!! At 1-0 down we were always in the game and had chances to score, so yes we could of got something. However the "outstanding" bit is a bit far fetched.
Mikey D
about the yellow card - I honestly think Olsson should have had 3 tbh. p.s. it's a good job spurs are still toothless
Money4midfield
also did anyone see the story on Olsson's reaction? http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/nov/25/blackburn-premierleague
Money4midfield
hopefully, this is just something ince said in public and not what he actually feels. although the 3 remaing defenders were solid defensively, he barely threatened and created any chances to score. there's always a chance when you are just one down, but we certainly didn't create enough chances for an equalizer.
dominator2800
He didn't have to say "we were rubbish", but could've given a more accurate account of htings though couldn't he?
Walker
maybe so but if he doesnt put a positive spin on things then really who will?
Mikey D
No ones saying that we are playing well boys but i do kinda agree with Inces gist here....they work hard all week to tighten up and get players off the injury table and the Olsson gift wraps a Spurs goal....At 1-0 down Mcarthey gets a chance 6 yards out, makes good contact and it flies over.....Emerton races through with the keeper to beat, chips him but its cleared.....Ince has been unlucky throughout his reign in that he has never had a settled back four, midfield and that sunday was the first match in which he could play Mcarthey and RSC....I'm not sayin he hasn't made mistakes because he has but with a bit of luck we could have had points against Villa, Sunderland and Hull which would have put us in 7th position now....
mani13963
another goos un that mani.,...
Mikey D
 

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