ALEX Baptiste has brushed off the row over who should have taken the penalty at Tottenham – he says arguments like that happen all the time.
The Seasiders centre-back insists there are no problems on the training ground this week, despite events at White Hart Lane where DJ Campbell was fuming that Charlie Adam took Pool’s penalty, 60 seconds after missing his first attempt.
Boss Ian Holloway has no concerns about the incident – putting it down to how much both players care – and Baptiste is similarly relaxed.
“These things happen in the changing room. The amount of arguments we’ve had in the past couple of weeks you could count on both hands,” said the centre-back.
“But we are all in the same boat, pulling in the same direction.
“DJ wants the best for the side, so does Charlie. They all want the best for Blackpool. It happens and that’s the way it is.
“If you are arguing it shows you care. DJ felt he should have taken it and, to be fair, if Charlie had missed the second one even I would have had a go at him! We all would have killed him, never mind DJ! But what character Charlie showed to want to take it, and DJ was the first to congratulate him.These things happen in football.
“In training it has all been forgotten, and we are all getting on with preparing to try and beat Bolton.”
Baptiste is well aware of how important the clash with Owen Coyle’s team is, and doesn’t pull any punches when describing what needs to be done.
“We know how big Bolton is. Everybody has had it pencilled down for a while – it is a must-win, I guess, and hopefully we can do what we need to do,” he said.
“Obviously, everyone was disappointed to concede so late at Spurs, but it is the third game in a row where we’ve played well, and it just feels like we’re just coming good at the right time.
“You can see the work ethic that we have had in the last three games. We’ve been different class and we just haven’t quite got the breaks we deserve.
“But it’s three games unbeaten now. We’ve only conceded two goals and to come to Tottenham – unbelievable stadium, unbelievable fans – and to get a point ... it was richly deserved and you could see how much it meant to the team.
“I think we can beat Bolton, and we do need to win. But even if we don’t, who’s to say we can’t go to Manchester United and get three points there?
“We don’t fear anybody.
“You saw how we played at Tottenham against one of the top eight sides in Europe. We should have won.
“Everyone who has seen us knows that we will give anybody a good game.
“No one will get any result easy.
“Even if Manchester United beat us 4-0, they will know they have been in a game because we will get into them and won’t show them any respect.
“That’s what we’re about.”