Alex Baptiste relishes Blooming happy return to Blackpool
IN-form Wanderers defender Alex Baptiste is relishing tonight’s Lancashire derby back to a club he says gave him the most enjoyable spell in his career to date.
But despite retaining affection for Blackpool after five years and nearly 200 appearances in the Tangerine shirt before his summer move to Wanderers, he is not expecting any favours from his old pals at Bloomfield Road.
And there will be no divided loyalties on his part, either, as the 27-year-old looks to get Wanderers upwardly mobile at the expense of his former employers.
Baptiste said: “It will be great to go back. I love all the lads and the fans were different class.
“They were the best years of my career; the highlight of my career without a shadow of doubt.
“What we achieved then will never be beaten.
“I had a great time and I am looking forward to going back but more importantly we need the win.
“We have two massive games coming up and we need to get points on the board before the international break.
"I didn't expect to be in this position with Bolton.
“We want to be challenging and it is still early doors.
“But we need to get out of the predicament we are in. You look at the league table and you see where we are and it's not nice to see but we have got to keep fighting.
“I have complete faith I made the right decision and we will keep going.”
Baptiste says the key to ending the nine-game winless start to the Championship season comes at both ends with clean sheets needed and more goals converted up front.
He and his fellow defenders are still awaiting a first blank of the season at the back but he is at least weighing in at the opposite end.
The right-back is the unlikely goalscoring hero at the top of the scoring charts, with three including a late leveller against Yeovil on Saturday.
He thinks the amount of chances the team is creating will soon see them dish out a hefty scoreline and he wants to see the belief and togetherness remain in the camp.
Baptiste added: "We created so many chances on Saturday that one day we are going to stuff a team.
“The desire to come back was different class and if we can keep that togetherness we will be fine.
“That’s what we had at Blackpool and it is still the same there.
“The togetherness is unbelievable and they are defending really well.
“I watched them on Friday (1-1 at Huddersfield) and they were different class and didn't look like they would concede many. It is going to be tough.”