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Gilks Ready To Face Baptiste

Posted: Mon 30 Sep 2013
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Goalkeeper On Bolton Game

Matt Gilks expects to face a very tough Bolton side at Bloomfield Road tomorrow night, as well as an in-form Alex Baptiste. 

The goalkeeper knows that the visitors will be determined to get their season on track following a tough start, with Dougie Freedman's side still searching for their first victory. 

Bolton were last in action against Yeovil on Saturday, while The Seasiders drew at Huddersfield a day earlier. 

"Bolton will know that we've had another 24 hours rest but we expect a very tough game," Gilks said. "They're scrapping already and playing catch-up to the boys at the top. With the squad they've got, we know that they can beat anybody on their day."

Surprisingly, Alex Baptiste tops the scoring charts for the opposition with three goals so far and the last thing Gilks wants is his former team-mate making it four tomorrow. 

"He's scored a few so we'll have to keep him quiet, I don't want him ringing me after the game and saying 'I scored past you'. Baps is a great player and we were bitterly disappointed that he went but you can't blame players for moving on."

The 31-year-old is now Blackpool's longest-serving player, which means he's witnessed various personnel changes in the dressing room down the years. He's now backing the current squad to be successful moving forward.  

"We've always had a good squad here at Blackpool, no matter who the manager is or what our position is like in the league," he admitted. "We've always had a good strong mentality off the pitch and the lads stick together. 

"The year we went up was the best I've know it but the characters we've got in - the manager has brought in some really good players and good people - have come in to the way we work here at Blackpool. It bodes for good things because we want to be successful and I'm sure we can be with this squad," he added.