Paul Ince and his Blackpool side were cut down to size on Monday night, as League One Preston North End scored late on to book themselves a spot in round two of the Capital One Cup.

The sides last met in the winter of 2010, where they played out a drab 0-0 draw, and it was again a contest of few chances, and only a late Tom Clarke header forced a result at Deepdale, condemning Blackpool to a sixth first round defeat in just 10 seasons.

Holmes tested Gilks from a set-piece early on, but there was little to speak of again during the first-half, the highly-rated Tom Ince flashed a shot well wide as North End looked comfortable on home turf.

Recently relegated Wolves were held to a 0-0 draw here on Saturday, and Ince fielded a strong starting XI in this clash, hoping for a better outcome than the Wanderers managed.

Summer acquisition Michael Chopra and the highly-rated Tom Ince played throughout, but they could not find a way through the sturdy defence, backed by a packed home crowd.

The second half continued much like the first, with Holmes again looking threatening as the Lancashire side tried to wrestle the game away from their opposition.

However, a succession of set-pieces saw the away side take the initiative, as Preston's blushes were spared as new-boy Chopra missed a point blank header as time ticked by.

Centre-back Tom Clarke was not to make the same mistake though, again Lee Holmes was involved, swinging a deep ball into the Blackpool box, leaving Clarke a simple header to secure a spot in Round Two for the League One side.

It was only the 25-year-old's fifth career goal, but by far his most important, something that was epitomised by the scenes at the final whistle, as the crowd dispersed from the stands on to the pitch in celebration.

Paul Ince lamented his sides finishing and told reporters: "If you look at the chances we have had in the first half and the second half, it was one way traffic. It is disappointing.

He added: "We feel absolutely gutted for them (our fans)"

Simon Grayson's side are the first name in the hat for Round Two, and the remainder of the Capital One Cup clashes will take place on Tuesday, and Wednesday

 

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