Baptiste: Doubters inspire us

Alex Baptiste battles with Jermaine Defoe
Alex Baptiste battles with Jermaine Defoe
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ALEX Baptiste has admitted a lack of recognition from the national media is giving the Seasiders extra incentive to beat the drop.

The centre-half, who thought he had his best game of the season at White Hart Lane, says Pool are still getting unjustly criticised, despite continuing to pick up results when least expected.

Baptisted said: “Everyone outside the dressing room thought we’d get beaten by Spurs. I was watching the predictions on Football Focus and they had Tottenham to win 4-0.

“We know everyone is going to write us off. The Match of the Day pundits slate us all the time but it is water off a duck’s back now.

“We don’t take any notice of them because they are absolute jokers.

“It fires us up that we are still written off and we don’t get the credit.

“But the same people didn’t think we’d get promoted last season from the Championship, so what others say doesn’t matter to us any more. We know how good we are.”

And they proved it, says the 25-year-old, by matching Spurs at White Hart Lane.

“Look at the performance at Tottenham and I don’t think anyone would say we weren’t a good team. We just do our own thing and hopefully we can stay up and prove how good we are.”

Like everyone else in the Blackpool dressing room, Baptiste had mixed feelings about the result at Tottenham.

“They are a top-five team and Champions League quarter-finalists, so it was a hard game. It might be two points dropped again but if you’d offered us that result beforehand there’s no doubt we would have taken it.

“The quality Spurs have is unbelievable. What they can bring on from off the bench is unreal.

“They brought Peter Crouch on towards the end. How do you deal with Crouch? You just have to get your body between him and the ball and hope he doesn’t have a running jump on you. Everyone knows how tall he is and you can’t do anything about that. You just have to try and battle him.

“I thought the whole of their team was different class. Look at what they’ve done in the last two seasons. The two wingers are unbelievably quick.

“They have quality throughout their side, so to come here and play as well as we did is great credit to everyone.

“We could have nicked it on the break and got another one, but a point at Spurs is a great point.

“A win at home and I think we won’t be far away.”