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An unbelievable day for Baptiste

28 October 2014

It was a happy return to Nottingham for Alex Baptiste as he scored his first Rovers goal to help them get all three points in Saturday's 3-1 win.

The self-confessed Forest fan sparked a second half comeback from Rovers with strikers Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes joining the defender on the scoresheet.

"I don't think it gets much better for me," Baptiste told Rovers Player.

"I'm from the Nottinghamshire area and I've got a lot of friends who are Forest fans and I've got a lot of respect from coming here and watching them when I was younger.

"So to score here is fantastic, but more important is the three points, that is more pleasing than my goal."

Baptiste's goal, his first for the club, kick-started a sensational spell of pressure that resulted in Rovers ending up impressive 3-1 winners. Inflicting a first home defeat on Stuart Pearce's side.

After seven points in three games, the on-loan defender feels that if Rovers maintain that belief, and the same level of performance, then they can continue to rise up the table.

"In the second half we were unbelievable," added Baptiste. "With the way we played we could have scored four or five, we had really good chances.

"We've got bags of potential and we've got to start seizing the moment.

"This season it has been one step forward and two steps back mainly, but this week has been really good considering two games were away at promotion candidates.

"Ipswich are up there, that was a massive point. Birmingham, we ground it out and that is what you have to do, and then against Forest we were tremendous.

"We've now another three games and we've got to be looking for seven or nine points.

"The sky is the limit with the squad that we've got."

Baptiste and Rovers are back in action this Saturday when Reading are the visitors to Ewood Park. Tickets are on open sale priced from £17 for Adults, £11 for Seniors/Students and from £6 for Juniors under 17. Book online today at

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