ALEX Baptiste admits Christmas is a tough time to be a footballer, though the Seasiders skipper has got used to it.
While many of us will be opening presents tomorrow morning, Pool’s players will be at their Squires Gate training ground preparing for the trip to Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
It begins a sequence of three games in seven days and is followed by Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough and a home clash with Hull City on New Year’s Day.
And defender Baptiste admits it isn’t easy. The captain said: “It’s not very nice having to come to work when everyone else is having fun.
“Obviously we work over Christmas and on Christmas Day itself.
“It’s part and parcel of being a footballer, so it doesn’t faze us.
“On the pitch it’s not the best time of the year. The games come thick and fast, and it can be hard to recover. You hust have to get on with it.”
Next opponents Huddersfield go into Wednesday’s game on the back of a very shaky spell.
After charging up the table earlier in the season, Simon Grayson’s side have now gone seven Championship games without a win.
But Baptiste still thinks Pool are in for a difficult afternoon. He added: “They are a very good side and it will be tough.
“It will be nice to get on to a decent pitch and do our stuff.
“If we create anywhere near as many chances on Boxing Day as we did against Wolves on Friday, we’ll be fine.
“We owe Huddersfield one because they beat us on Sky (3-1 at Bloomfield Road in September). We always seem to lose on Sky.
“They played very well that night and we didn’t deserve anything out of that game.
“We know what we’ll come up against, though, and it should be a great game.