Blackpool defender Baptiste slams West Ham's 'embarrassing' style

Despite an impressive outing, the Seasiders were second-best against Sam Allardyce's side at in the playoff final, but the 26-year-old is very critical of the Hammers' performance
Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste has criticised West Ham United over their style of football, labelling it "embarassing", following the Seasiders' 2-1 defeat by the Hammers in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday.

A game which Ian Holloway's side had dominated for long spells was settled three minutes from time, when Ricardo Vaz Te slammed home a winner to secure the London club's Premier League return and condemn Blackpool to another season in the second tier.

Baptiste has blasted the Hammers' style of play, as well as the decision from referee Howard Webb not to award Blackpool a free kick in the build up to the winning goal.

"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.

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"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."

The former Mansfield defender went on to congratulate Sam Allardyce's side, but made it clear that a move to Upton Park would not appeal to him.

"Congratulations to them, they won the game, but I know who I would rather play for," added Baptiste.

"I wouldn't survive in their team because I'm not tall enough. All of them are eight feet tall."

The defender also insisted that Blackpool could challenge for the Championship title next season, provided that they do not have their star players picked off by other clubs.

"If we keep the squad together, we'll go up next year," he declared.

"You've seen the football that we play. We've just got to believe in ourselves a little bit more, we experienced winning it two years ago and it's a cruel game sometimes.

"Maybe we didn't deserve it last time, but we sure as hell deserved it this time."