Albion star hails boss Ince

The Argus: Paul Ince makes his point Paul Ince makes his point

Albion's on-loan midfielder Keith Andrews has saluted the part played in his career by rival manager Paul Ince.

The pair were team-mates at Wolves before Andrews captained MK Dons under Ince and then played for the Blackpool boss at Blackburn in the Premier League.

Ince pits his wits against Oscar Garcia and the Seagulls at Bloomfield Road today.

Andrews told The Argus: “He’s brilliant, a very good friend of mine. I’ve got a lot of time for him.

“I played with him and then he was my manager at a couple of clubs. He was the one who put the trust in me to give me my Premier League opportunity. It’s something I will always be indebted to him for.

“He’s a top fella and I’m absolutely over the moon to see how well he is doing at Blackpool under fairly strenuous circumstances with the way the club is run there and the budget that he has.

“The way he has got them playing and the tenacity and the team spirit they have just epitomises him. They will be at it, in your face, but then given the opportunity they will be trying to get the ball down and play.

“They have got some very clever players, a good footballing side, and it will be a tough game but a good game for the neutral.”

Andrews, borrowed from Bolton for the season, is glad that Leo Ulloa is fit-again to help Albion combat sticky pitches in the second half of the campaign.

“It’s important that you have plan B up your sleeve,” he said. “Leo coming back into the team does give us that physical presence up front.

“As much as we don’t like to use it all the time, you have to play that little bit more direct because if you risk the ball in the middle third of the pitch and they break on you, when we play as wide and expansive as we do, then it can be very dangerous.

“As the pitches deteriorate in the next couple of months it’s something we will certainly have to look at.”

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7:45am Sun 29 Dec 13

saraman says...

Don't you think that Andrews is bigging up Blackpool a tad too much. I'm not too impressed with his mindset for this one.

There is no way that The Abion will get anything from this game if they try to play their familiar style on Blackpools ploughed field of a pitch.

Also, Blackpool know how to mix it up against more skillfull teams such as The Albion, so in my opinion only, it is essential that ElAbd and Ince start the game. This is going to be no game for football purists.

Defeat today and fail to perform against Bournemouth will see the discontent set in among the paying fans. Having said all that, I will continue to support my club through thick and thin.
Don't you think that Andrews is bigging up Blackpool a tad too much. I'm not too impressed with his mindset for this one. There is no way that The Abion will get anything from this game if they try to play their familiar style on Blackpools ploughed field of a pitch. Also, Blackpool know how to mix it up against more skillfull teams such as The Albion, so in my opinion only, it is essential that ElAbd and Ince start the game. This is going to be no game for football purists. Defeat today and fail to perform against Bournemouth will see the discontent set in among the paying fans. Having said all that, I will continue to support my club through thick and thin. saraman

8:16am Sun 29 Dec 13

Albion In Staffs says...

saraman wrote:
Don't you think that Andrews is bigging up Blackpool a tad too much. I'm not too impressed with his mindset for this one.

There is no way that The Abion will get anything from this game if they try to play their familiar style on Blackpools ploughed field of a pitch.

Also, Blackpool know how to mix it up against more skillfull teams such as The Albion, so in my opinion only, it is essential that ElAbd and Ince start the game. This is going to be no game for football purists.

Defeat today and fail to perform against Bournemouth will see the discontent set in among the paying fans. Having said all that, I will continue to support my club through thick and thin.
.Not sure Andrews can be criticised here. We can't pretend every team we play is lucky to be on the same pitch as us so his comments certainly don't bother me..
That said, I saw Blackpool at Derby recently and they were poor. At half time, they were one-nil up thanks to a fortunate, early free kick but hardly got out of their own half.
Derby played them off the park with some of the best football I've seen at this level for a while. No reason we can't do the same - whatever the conditions.
[quote][p][bold]saraman[/bold] wrote: Don't you think that Andrews is bigging up Blackpool a tad too much. I'm not too impressed with his mindset for this one. There is no way that The Abion will get anything from this game if they try to play their familiar style on Blackpools ploughed field of a pitch. Also, Blackpool know how to mix it up against more skillfull teams such as The Albion, so in my opinion only, it is essential that ElAbd and Ince start the game. This is going to be no game for football purists. Defeat today and fail to perform against Bournemouth will see the discontent set in among the paying fans. Having said all that, I will continue to support my club through thick and thin.[/p][/quote].Not sure Andrews can be criticised here. We can't pretend every team we play is lucky to be on the same pitch as us so his comments certainly don't bother me.. That said, I saw Blackpool at Derby recently and they were poor. At half time, they were one-nil up thanks to a fortunate, early free kick but hardly got out of their own half. Derby played them off the park with some of the best football I've seen at this level for a while. No reason we can't do the same - whatever the conditions. Albion In Staffs

8:19am Sun 29 Dec 13

Ellen Street says...

I shall never forget the view of his back as,throughout the game, he stood mesmerized by the Albion's exquisite display of possession football and incisive finishing during the 6-1 thrashing of his team at the Amex.
I shall never forget the view of his back as,throughout the game, he stood mesmerized by the Albion's exquisite display of possession football and incisive finishing during the 6-1 thrashing of his team at the Amex. Ellen Street

9:23am Sun 29 Dec 13

Quiterie says...

Too many Ince's involved in this game! Let's hope Rowan gets the better of Tom and Paul!
Too many Ince's involved in this game! Let's hope Rowan gets the better of Tom and Paul! Quiterie

9:38am Sun 29 Dec 13

Uckfield Seagull says...

Hope Ince and Bridcutt start in midfied with Crofts just in front with Buckley, Lua Lua wide, Ulloa up top
Hope Ince and Bridcutt start in midfied with Crofts just in front with Buckley, Lua Lua wide, Ulloa up top Uckfield Seagull

10:12am Sun 29 Dec 13

wiseman of hove says...

As an occassional listener to talksport radio,I can assure Brighton fans that some Blackpool fans have an alternative view to Blackpool's performances this season.
I worry when pitch condition comments starts creeping in. At least a point today, surely?
As an occassional listener to talksport radio,I can assure Brighton fans that some Blackpool fans have an alternative view to Blackpool's performances this season. I worry when pitch condition comments starts creeping in. At least a point today, surely? wiseman of hove

12:38pm Sun 29 Dec 13

graham w says...

well most comments are there or therabouts , and as "ellen st" says, he just watched in amazement, i remember it well,and i thought to my self at the time paul ince is not the type of player to concede anything, but he did that day and with grace i must add..
well most comments are there or therabouts , and as "ellen st" says, he just watched in amazement, i remember it well,and i thought to my self at the time paul ince is not the type of player to concede anything, but he did that day and with grace i must add.. graham w

12:55pm Sun 29 Dec 13

tinker111 says...

Andrews a Albion star I think NOT ,not an albion player and light years away from star status don't know why he is mouthing off so much..
Just a light weight fringe player.
Andrews a Albion star I think NOT ,not an albion player and light years away from star status don't know why he is mouthing off so much.. Just a light weight fringe player. tinker111

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