League Cup: Preston North End 1 Blackpool 0
By Football News
Blackpool manager Paul Ince labelled a widespread pitch invasion after Preston North End's 1-0 League Cup win as "bang out of order."
A tense local derby ended in a Preston win at Deepdale on Monday, as defender Tom Clarke headed in a Lee Holmes cross to score a dramatic 87th-minute winner for the hosts.
Clarke's effort made Blackpool rue their several missed chances but the result was overshadowed by hundreds of Preston fans running on the pitch after the final whistle of the first League Cup match of the season.
The supporters ran to the end of the pitch housing the Blackpool fans and goaded them, before police horses were called in to action to disperse the crowd.
In the mayhem, a horse felled a steward and another horse trampled him but the man returned to his feet shortly after.
Of the invasion, Ince told Sky Sports: "It was bang out of order. But you expect that."
Ince also bemoaned Blackpool's profligacy as the Championship outfit failed to convert their dominance against the third-tier side.
"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 said.
"We feel absolutely gutted for them (our fans)."
Michael Chopra and Tom Ince – the son of manager Paul – wasted several chances for Blackpool.
New Preston hero Clarke was elated with his late impact as Simon Grayson's side booked their berth in the second round of the competition.
"It was a shock. I thought it was going to go all the way (to penalties)," said Clarke, who was making just his second Preston appearance since joining on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town.
"It was a great ball in and I managed to get my head on it. As soon as I headed it, I knew it was in. It is unbelievable."