Alex Baptiste believes that tonight’s pre-season friendly at Swansea will be the ideal test for The Seasiders ahead of the new campaign.
The Swans’ style of football won plenty of plaudits in the top-flight last season and that philosophy is set to continue under new manager Michael Laudrup.
Given the way that Ian Holloway wants his players to play, a battle for possession and an exhibition of passing at The Liberty Stadium can only prove beneficial.
“I think we need this game because of the way the gaffer wants us to play football,” he admitted. “They’re one of the best sides at keeping the ball in the Premier League so it will be good to see how we do. Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves.
“We’ve got two more games this week now – tonight and on Sunday – so I’m sure we’ll sharpen things it up now and look forward to the Millwall game.”
The fixture against Swansea comes just two days after a 2-0 victory over Everton in Keith Southern’s Testimonial. A lack of shirt numbers in the second-half of that fixture meant that Ludovic Sylvestre was adjudged to have scored the opener, but that wasn’t the case.
“It was definitely me, I don’t think anybody has ever seen Ludo head a ball like that,” Baptiste said. "Luckily I got the goal and it was a good win for us.
“It was a massive test in a game for a great guy and the lads can’t say enough about him. It’s really sad to see him go. He was here before me and you always knew what you were going to get with Keith. He’ll always be alongside you making tackles and he’s an unbelievable professional. We’re going to miss him a lot,” he added.