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Ince: Freedman will rebound

Blackpool boss Paul Ince admitted he felt for Bolton counterpart Dougie Freedman after their play-off hopes were dashed by a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

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Paul Ince: Backing Dougie Freedman to bounce back from play-off heartbreak

Paul Ince: Backing Dougie Freedman to bounce back from play-off heartbreak

Bolton fell 2-0 behind inside 35 minutes, only to score twice in the seconds before half-time, but Leicester snatched a last-gasp 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest and denied them a top-six place on goal difference.

"I feel sorry for Dougie, I think he's done an amazing job since he came here and I know he's probably hurting now," Ince said.

"He's a fantastic manager, a lovely guy and he'll bounce back. It'll be the worst night in the world tonight but you have to get over it and come back stronger. I'm sure Dougie will and I'm sure the players will.

"They looked nervous, to be honest, and how can you not be? You know how important it is to try and get into the play-off and they didn't start very well."

Ince was delighted with his side's play until Chris Eagles and Craig Davies levelled the scores before the break and felt they could have been out of sight had they taken a multitude of early chances.

"We should have been four or five up, to be fair, before they scored," he added. "I thought some of the football we played was fantastic.

"It was pleasing to see Matty Phillips score. I didn't think he was going to score after the first 10 minutes, he had so many chances. It was a wonderful goal."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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