Baptiste: Saturday felt like starting over

Alex Baptiste
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SATURDAY was like starting the season all over again, according to Alex Baptiste.

The ever-present Pool defender thinks the international break came at the wrong time for the Seasiders.

Pool had four games in the first three weeks of the season before having two weeks off.

And Baptiste revealed the break isn’t always welcome.

He said: “It’s hard to get back into it after the international break to get back into it.

“After playing only four games, the break meant it felt like we were starting the season all over again.

“It’s like a new season and I think it showed. We didn’t start well but Barnsley are a very good side.

“They are one of favourites to go down, but on that performance they could sneak a play-off place. I thought they were excellent.

“I can’t really remember them having too many chances, though. They didn’t really hurt us.

“We had a lot of chances and the lads are a little disappointed to draw. It’s a tough place to come and we’ll move on to Middlesbrough on Tuesday now.”

Baptiste is one of the few Blackpool players to have started every game this season.

With Holloway’s squad bigger than ever, Baptiste realises the players will have to get used to changes from week to week.

He said: “This is the strongest squad since I’ve been here. The quality will count as the season goes on.

“We have a lot of Saturday-Tuesday games, so we’ll need everyone.

“The strength in depth is unbelievable. No-one in our team can be guaranteed a place.

“We have a brilliant squad and it shows our strength that we made six changes on Saturday and totally dominated the second half. We are a squad and a team – it’s not about individuals.”

After two tricky away games, Pool play their next two at Bloomfield Road. Middlesbrough arrive tomorrow night, then Simon Grayson’s Huddersfield next Monday.

“We want to win our home games and try to nick something away from home,” added Baptiste.

“We managed to get something on Saturday, so we look forward to two massive home games now.

“Middlesbrough tomorrow will be good as they will be expecting the play-offs at least. And Huddersfield is on Sky – that always makes for a good game when it’s on telly.”