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Baps: Holloway Deserves Warm Reception

Posted: Sun 31 Mar 2013
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Defender On Facing Former Manager

Alex Baptiste believes that the Blackpool fans should greet former manager Ian Holloway with open arms tomorrow, given what he achieved at the club. 

Holloway will return to Bloomfield Road on Easter Monday for the first time since taking charge of Crystal Palace, and Baptiste hopes that the man affectionately referred to as 'Ollie' gets the reception he deserves. 

"It will be great to see him," the 27-year-old said. "The things he did for this club may never be repeated and the spirit that we had with the boys was down to him. He was a massive influence on all the boys here. 

"He took us from relegation favourites to getting promotion and although going down wasn't the best result in the Premier League year, the journey that we went on was all down to him. If he doesn't get a good reception then the lads won't be happy at all."

The main focus for both sides will be on the three points, however, with everything to play for at the top and bottom of The Championship. 

"They're a fantastic team and I think they're the best attacking team in the league," Baptiste admitted. "We've got to be on our game but we don't fear anyone. We need to get the three points."

The game is fast heading for a sell-out as only a limited number of tickets now remain available for the 3pm kick-off.