Evatt: Al deserves more credit

Blackpool's Alex Baptiste in action and (below) Ian Evatt.
Blackpool's Alex Baptiste in action and (below) Ian Evatt.
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ALEX Baptiste doesn’t get the credit he deserves – so says the man who ended last season playing alongside him.

Ian Evatt and Baptiste formed a formidable partnership at the heart of a Seasiders defence which kept six clean sheets in 10 games during the run-in.

Ian Evatt

Ian Evatt

Evatt, pictured left, believes the 26-year-old Baptiste is a top-notch defender, but that he doesn’t always get the headlines he should.

“Alex has sneaked under the radar for a couple of years now, but he is a fantastic player who can play in many positions,” said Evatt.

“He is a credit to play with, and I think me and him are a good partnership and a good mix.

“We both have a bit of everything, and hopefully, next season, we will continue to keep that partnership going and keep clean sheets.

“It is odd, really, because for whatever reason, we tend to end seasons together rather than start them.

“We have ended the last four seasons playing at centre-back, and that is fine by me, because he is a fantastic footballer.”

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Perhaps Evatt sees a bit of himself in Baptiste – after all, the pair consistently produce the goods every week, with the minimum of fuss.

“That is one of the best things about him – he just goes about his business week in, week out,” added Evatt.

“He possibly doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

“He is a fine, consistent player, and I’ve never known him to have a bad game. Whether you put him right-back, left-back, centre-half, he will always do his job.

“Maybe, because he is quite small, people don’t give him the credit he deserves at centre-half.

“But he can jump and leap with the best of him.

“He is a credit to himself, and great to play with, and I think he thoroughly deserved to win the Player of the Season award last year.”

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