Ince has point to prove

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Paul Ince is determined to prove his critics wrong and show he has what it takes to manage in the Barclays Premier League.

Blackburn have not enjoyed a win in the league for 10 games now following Saturday's 3-1 defeat by leaders Liverpool.

But Ince told the BBC: "The only opinions that matter to me are what my players think and what the chairman (John Williams) thinks. You are going to go through your rough times and have you highs and lows. Every manager has had it - even the great ones, like Sir Alex Ferguson."

He added: "They make you a better manager and a tougher person. All I was concerned about was that the players performed for me - and they did. That shows they want to play for me."

Ince admits the next batch of matches against Wigan (away), Stoke (home), Sunderland (away), Manchester City (home) and Fulham (away) could hold the key to their survival hopes.

He said: "It is now about getting that win, and we have five 'cup finals' coming up.

"If we play like we did against Liverpool week-in week-out then we have got to believe we can turn things around.

"Our heads are back up now. The team talk after playing Liverpool was the easiest I have done. That was because of the performance the players put in."

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