Blackpool 0-2 Middlebrough: ‘Pool in lockdown after Carayol brace

Paul Ince sent his Blackpool players into lockdown after they were brushed aside by Middlesbrough.

The Tangerines were banned from speaking to the media after super-sub Mustapha Carayol stunned them with two later goals.

And Ince, whose side mustered only five shots on target, insists he is still the man for the job, despite Blackpool extending their winless run to nine.

“It was never a 2-0 game,” he said.

“We dominated for long periods, but we need a cutting edge when we’re on top.

“The lads are disappointed because they’ve done well.

“I’m never one for shirking a challenge.”

Both sides looked toothless up front and the game seemed destined to end goalless.

But Carayol had other ideas and after being introduced on the hour, he bagged a brace to move Boro into the top half of the Championship.

Both strikes came from quick counter-attacks down the left, with the first a stunning 25-yard curler that dipped inside the far post and left keeper Matt Gilks motionless.

Then in stoppage time the 23-year old fired home his eighth goal of the season after great work by Albert Adomah.

And Carayol joked: “It’s always hard for us away from home.

“We make it hard for ourselves, we were all saying last night, ‘why do we play different home and away?’

“We didn’t come up with any answers, we’re clueless!

“We’re on a bit of a run now, we’re unbeaten in five games, so hopefully we can keep on going and climb up the table.”

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