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"Fine margins have cost us"

Sam Baldock on Swansea display on Saturday

28 October 2018

Sam Baldock offered a frank assessment of the Royals' fortunes over at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, after falling to a 2-0 defeat on the day.

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Oli McBurnie added to a first-half penalty by striking late on to secure all three points for Graham Potter's side.

Baldock had managed to get the ball in the back of the net in the first half for the Royals with the scores at 0-0, but his close-range strike was flagged offside by the assistant referee.

On the performance itself, Baldock said: "It was a very disappointing first half. That said, we could have gone in 1-0 up.

"With the goal that hasn't been given and I've seen the penalty not given before, for as bad as we were in the first half, I think we should and could have gone in 1-0 up.

"In the second half I think we showed a bit of character, we gave a good response and it's unfortunate to be on the wrong end of the goal in the second half.

"We held our shape and limited their chances. We didn't play well - we're not professing to playing well at all - we're not trying to pull wool over people's eyes from that first half.

"The fine margins have cost us. It was a good response from half-time so that's why it's so hard to take, the pressure was mostly coming from us and we were disrupting their flow.

"It's really disappointing, especially coming off the back of Tuesday night as well [2-1 loss at Birmingham]. We could have had a lot more points than we got."

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Baldock admits that he would rather play another game in midweek to try and put the result right as soon as possible, but a full week on the training pitches at Hogwood will also do the world of good.

"It's a chance to regroup the head and the legs, a big part of me wants a game on Tuesday to get this one out of the system and take a bit of frustration out.

"But I think it's sensible that we don't have one and hopefully that means we'll be a lot fresher for next Saturday."


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