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“We never stopped believing” – Sam Baldock

Baldock reflects on earning a late point and getting off the mark…

26 August 2018

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It was left late at Villa Park, but Reading’s desire to fight until the end saw the Royals earn a vital point against last season’s play-off finalists on Saturday afternoon.

And it’s a point which Baldock thinks will be big for his side in the long run.

“It’s a big point for us. It was a very tough game,” Baldock explained.

“We’re very pleased to come out of the game with a point. I thought it might have come a little bit earlier but the ‘keeper made a wonder save.

“We’ve not had a lot of luck recently in the games, but I’m hoping that today was a turning point.”

After a number of attacks towards the Royals’ goal, Ahmed Elmohamady’s 51st minute strike gave the hosts the lead.

However, the Royals did have their chances to get back into things, and an equaliser almost came ten minutes prior after Baldock was denied by the underside of the crossbar.

Less than 2 minutes from time, though, the opportunity to get back into things did finally come, and Baldock says that it was the desire of his side which got them over the line.

“This sort of fixture against Villa is always one that you look forward to. You always know that it’s going to be a big crowd, but I think our fans turned up in numbers as well and really got behind us.

“One thing that has been asked of us over the past few weeks is character. I think we showed that today.

“We didn’t give up and we never stopped believing. Even when the chances did come and go, we kept going right until the end.”

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