On Tuesday night, Blackpool had three players sent off in their defeat to Yeovil.
The 1-0 loss to Yeovil was surprising enough to most Blackpool fans I'm sure, but the fact they only finished the game with 8 men will be astounding.
It would have had very little if any effect on the scoreline, as all three red cards came within injury time. Everton loanee John Lundstram had given Yeovil the lead in the 21st minute, and despite Blackpool having plenty of shots on goal they could not find the equaliser.
Then in the 90th minute, Kirk Broadfoot received his second yellow card for a foul on Sam Hoskins. Less than two minutes later, former Stoke City player Ricardo Fuller received a straight red for violent conduct, after seeming to headbutt Luke Ayling. There was still time for more embarrassment for the Seasiders. Gary MacKenzie then received his second yellow card after pushing Ishmael Miller.
There was obviously a rush to get to the showers first in the Blackpool dressing room. The club will most probably end up with a fine from the FA for failing to control their players. This would not be the first time they have received such a fine this season though. They were fined £5,000 along with Blackburn too after failing to control their players in that Lancashire derby match. On that occasion DJ Campbell of Rovers and Jack Robinson of Blackpool were the ones dismissed.
Manager Paul Ince has criticised his players, and said they will be punished. After the match he said "They've let everyone down. They've let the fans down and the club down. They are experienced players and they've cost me here and for the next couple of games."
However Paul Ince can hardly speak on the matter having just returned from a five match stadium ban himself. A ban which I had never seen given out before. The former Manchester United player was given this ban after apparently threatening to knockout a match official in the tunnel after his side won against Bournemouth. If Ince is that angry after his side have won, I dread to think what he's like after a defeat. He was also on the end of a £4,000 fine on this occasion.
I should add that the reason Paul Ince was angry in that game probably had something to do with the fact he was sent to the stands. However this was because he threw a bottle into the crowd, which inadvertently hit a female supporter.
Like father, like son is the term that springs to mind when thinking about Paul Ince, and Tom Ince. Not in terms of football ability, but rather their aggressive nature. When Blackpool clashed with huge derby rivals Preston North End at the start of the season, neither of the Ince's covered themselves in glory after a 1-0 defeat. Again Paul Ince received another fine after comments made about the referee, this time £3,000.
The target of many Premier League clubs, Tom Ince himself was handed a two match ban, after he was caught on camera using an abusive and/or offensive gesture towards the a match official. I'll leave you to work that one out.
The Ince's are hardly covering themselves and Blackpool in glory, and it seems that each match brings yet more shame to the club.
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