Sour Grapes For Bitter Baptiste

Bitter Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste has had a pop at West Ham’s style of play following the Tangerines 2-1 defeat to The Hammers in the play-off final.

“We were the better side,” the defender told BBC Radio Lancashire. “It was embarrassing at times. They just hoof it long and hope for the best.

“It’s a foul on me for the second goal, so the ref has done us no favours.

“I suppose everyone got what they wanted. Everyone wanted West Ham to win because they’re a team from London.”

Fair enough Blackpool probably had the better of the game, but to say we hoofed it so much it was embarrassing is a bit much! Considering both goals came from some nice build up play and their secret weapon was a 50 yard cross field ball to Ince, it smacks of sour grapes to me.

I think he may have also forgotten the 4-0 and 4-1 wins in the league for West Ham against his Barca like Blackpool!

Other than this deluded gentleman Blackpool on the whole were gracious in defeat and I wish them well for next season.


Cardiff v West Ham Preview

Tonight West Ham travel to Cardiff for the first leg of our promotion place play-off.

There is no injury news for Cardiff so they look to be able to select their starting eleven from a fully fit squad. Four unspecified players took knocks against Crystal Palace on the final day of the season, but are all expected to be back in contention for a place against The Hammers.

Cardiff have been beaten only once in their last 13 matches, and are looking to reach Wembley for a second time this season, having lost on penalties to Liverpool in the Carling Cup final.

The Welsh side are also looking to end their play-off nightmare having been beaten by Reading in last years semi-final and the year before lost to Blackpool in the final.

Good news for West Ham though is that we have a fully fit squad to choose from. Nolan, O’Neil and Tompkins all took knocks against Hull on Saturday, but have all been passed fit for our most important game of the season to date.

Big Sam substituted both Ricardo Vaz Te – who was looking tired to me – and Carlton Cole early into the second half in our game against Hull with one eye being on the play-off’s.

So the nerve jangling play-off’s begin tonight and even though we didn’t go up automatically, it would still be nice to win at Wembley in front of  a 90,000 strong crowd. COYI!