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Ince feels win was deserved

10 March 2013

Blackpool boss Paul Ince insisted his team thoroughly deserved to claim a surprise 2-1 npower Championship win at Watford.

The promotion-chasing Hornets were on track to make it five home wins from six games when Cristian Battocchio dinked the ball over Matthew Gilks midway through the first half.

However, Gianfranco Zola's side were unable to push on after the break and the visitors equalised when Ince's son Tom flicked home a low Stephen Crainey cross. And the visitors went on to clinch the win late on when Gary MacKenzie bundled the ball in after Watford goalkeeper Jonathan Bond had spilled a corner.

The Tangerines manager said: "I thought it was a good game all round. When I look back on the whole game, I thought we were the better team. Watford came at us in the first 15 minutes, Jonathan Hogg should have scored for them with a header.

"We had a couple of chances and I wouldn't say we found it hard - but we took our time to get into the game. But once we got into the game I thought we looked a very, very good side.

"The disappointing thing was the goal. It was a diabolical decision from the linesman - when their player kicked the ball out for a throw it was so plain to see. Then the geezer (Fernando Forestieri) took the throw with both feet off the ground - and then to compound that our centre-half made a mistake and we're 1-0 down.

"After that we still showed belief, we didn't drop our heads and we kept believing we could get back into the game and that's a credit to the players. Towards the back end of the first half we looked like we were going to get a goal back, we played some lovely football and in the second half it was more of the same.

"If you can get the next goal, they'll get a little bit apprehensive because of where they are in the league - and it proved right."

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