Baptiste: We’ve learnt our lesson

Alex Baptiste

Alex Baptiste

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ALEX Baptiste thinks Monday’s defeat could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Seasiders.

Blackpool missed the chance to go top of the table with a 3-1 home defeat by Huddersfield.

The game highlighted some flaws after Pool’s near-impeccable start to the season.

Manager Ian Holloway has spent the past two days analysing the performance with his players and working on ways of improving ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.

And Baptiste says the defeat may do the side good in the long run.

The centre-half said: “We were all unhappy about what happened on Monday and we will put it right on Saturday.

“I think we probably need reminders every now and then. When we are faced with sides who have a gameplan against us, we have to be able to deal with it quicker.

“We also mustn’t give set-pieces away as easily as we did. We need to defend them better and be more aggressive in both boxes. If we can do that, I think we’ll be fine.

“There were things we should have done to combat their tactics. The manager has pointed them out to us and we’ll learn from it.”

Being among the league’s high-flyers, Pool will have to get used to teams working hard on stopping them playing.

Baptiste added: “Huddersfield had a game plan and it worked. It’s something we’ll have to get used to now.

“Keith Southern said afterwards they had worked very hard on the positives of our team and how to stop us.

“It’s all about us, though, and if we play like we can there’s no team in the league who can stop us. They played well on Monday but we know we are a better team than them if we apply ourselves in the right way.

“It’s been a case of looking at it, analysing it and putting it right. We watched at the video yesterday and there are a lot of things we have to work on.”

The Seasiders have the perfect chance to put things right, with two away games in four days. After Saturday’s trip to South Wales, they face Hull City on Tuesday.

And the 26-year-old knows how tough the two games will be. He said: “Cardiff have a fantastic squad and some class players.

“They are in a similar position to us, coming into the game on the back of a defeat, but they will fancy their chances.

“But if we apply ourselves and play our way, then no-one can stop us. The next two games are massive.”