Baptiste: Our pitch is embarrassing

Alex Baptiste
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ALEX Baptiste has described the Bloomfield Road pitch as “embarrassing”.

After the Seasiders stuttered to a 1-1 draw against Birmingham last night, the skipper said the pitch is “killing” their chances.

Baptiste blasted: “The pitch is embarrassing, it really is.

“Teams are just going to sit here with two banks of four, knowing we won’t be able to pass through them.

“It’s so hard to move the ball quickly. You have to watch your touch and watch where the ball is bouncing.

“It’s killing us at the moment but we can’t just use that as an excuse. We just have to get on with it.”

Blackpool now face back-to-back away games at Peterborough and Crystal Palace, and Baptiste said the players can’t wait to get away from the Bloomfield Road surface.

The defender added: “All the lads are buzzing, absolutely buzzing.

“Hopefully we can get a win on Saturday at Peterborough, then we have a massive game the week after.”

Much has been made in recent weeks about scoring the first goal, so after Tom Ince fired home the 12-yard opener many expected Pool to go on to a comfortable first victory for manager Michael Appleton. But it ended in a fourth successive draw under the new boss.

And Pool slipped another two spots to 16th in the Championship.

Baptiste said: “For once we scored the first goal and we didn’t feel they had a lot to offer in the game.

“To concede from a set-piece is disappointing. Everyone’s disappointed we didn’t go on and win the game.

“Corners have been our Achilles heel for the past four years. It’s something we really need to work on. We have to get our heads up.”

Pool are unbeaten in five games, but they only claimed maximum points from the 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday at the start of that sequence and Baptiste understands people feeling a little down.

“Even though we are on an unbeaten run it feels like we are struggling a little bit. Everyone’s anxious,” he said.

“Once we get a win, I’m sure we’ll kick on. We can’t give much more as a group of players. We are putting so much effort in.

“We just aren’t getting the breaks at the moment. To go one up, and then to draw is disappointing.”