Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ince Itching to Get Back

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ince Itching to Get Back

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Byline: Philip Tallentire

Prodigal son Paul Ince makes his first ever Riverside return since leaving Boro tomorrow and reckons Wolves are in for a tough afternoon.

The former Boro skipper parted company with the club in the summer of 2002 and eventually agreed to join Wolves, who won promotion in his first season at Molineux.

Now, he can't wait to show the Teesside public he can still cut the mustard.

"I had three fantastic years there (at Boro) and they went out of their way to help me settle in and they never gave me a hard time," said Ince, who was full of praise for McClaren's men.

"It was just a shame that when I did leave I never had the chance to say goodbye and I'm just happy that going back there with Wolves gives me the chance to do that.

"Middlesbrough are a good side. I saw them last week against Tottenham and I thought their passing and movement was excellent.

"They are playing some good football and they're creating good chances."

Ince was today declared fit to play at Boro after overcoming a chest infection. He knows that his side must continue the good run that's seen Wolves pull away from the bottom three and last week sensationally come back from 3-0 down to Leicester to win 4-3.

"It was important because we said after the first few

games it was going to be a struggle," he said.

"We learnt some harsh lessons but we have picked ourselves up. We've realised what the Premiership is all about and what it takes to stay there.

"I think sometimes people doubt the character of the dressing room here but we went out and showed them that we do care. But we understood that to get something from the game we had to show a lot of character to get those three points.

"We are all professional enough to realise you can't give teams a three-goal head start because teams will slaughter you at this level, whether they are Leicester or anyone else. …

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