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Baptiste: We Were A Different Class

Posted: Sun 10 Mar 2013
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Skipper Praises Pool Performance

Alex Baptiste spoke of The Seasiders' professionalism and belief after they came from behind to take all three points at promotion-chasing Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Two goals in the last 15 minutes from Thomas Ince and loanee Gary MacKenzie helped turn the game on its head and were just rewards for Pool's fine second-half performance.

"It was a fantastic win, especially after going a goal down and we made sure we were always in the game," said Baptiste. 

"To come back and score in the last couple of minutes was a different class.

"We played well. We knew they were going to have a lot of possession of the ball so it was tough. Their league position doesn't lie, they are a very good side but we ground it out." 

The goals for The Seasiders took their tally to 20 for goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games this season; a statistic that Baptiste believes reinforces the attitude and belief in the dressing room.

"The first goal from us was unbelievable; I think there was about 25 passes so it was pleasing to go on and get the win.

"We looked at things on Friday and we figured they are not the biggest side and we are quite a tall team now, and it's pleasing to score goals from set-pieces again. Normally we are the ones that concede them but that is two in two games, (scored from set-pieces) so it's massive.

"They didn't carve us open really and I can't remember Gillo having to make a top save and that's because we are defending really well as a team."

The win meant it was the first victory under Paul Ince and Pool's skipper has praised the impact of the new man in charge.

"The gaffer has come in and he has been a different class. He's changed things slowly but surely and we needed that and we needed a kick up the backside. 

"The four games that he's been in charge after the Leeds game, you can see that we are lot tighter at the back and we are dangerous from set-pieces so it's pleasing."