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Baldock | "A lot of teams would have rolled over - we have that fight in us"

Striker looks back at a goal-scoring return to the starting XI

23 October 2019

Sam Baldock spoke of the fighting spirit within the Royals' camp, as Reading came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.


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Baldock got himself on the scoresheet in the second half to equalise for the Royals, latching onto a header across goal from Garath McCleary as the striker finished from close range.

Reading had fallen behind twice in the game, with a well-struck effort from Nahki Wells and a heavily deflected Jordan Hugill strike putting QPR ahead either side of a slotted finish from George Pușcaș.

"It's not an easy place to come, so we knew it was going to be a battle, we had to match them," the striker explained after the game.

"I thought it was a fairly even game, a couple of opportunities from each side - I think it's probably a fair result, to be honest.

"A lot of teams would have rolled over, but we seem to have that fight in us at the minute and we know that we're going into a battle every game. We're up for it, and we came back strong.

"This is the Championship, there's quality throughout, so you have to show it every week."


Baldock made his first start of the season on Tuesday night, having played his first minutes of the campaign at the weekend in Reading's win against Preston North End.

While he hasn't had the game time he will have wanted this season so far, this hasn't diminished his competitiveness and will to get out on the pitch for the Royals.

"I've just been champing at the bit," he stated. "You could probably tell, I was running around on quite a lot of adrenaline.

"It's pleasing to get out there, but I'm not out there to play one game. I want to stay in the team and continue to push the team upwards.

"The fans definitely raised the volume in the second half, so it was an incentive to get the ball in that net. Some people are saying that my goal probably didn't need finishing, but I have to make sure, don't I?

"I'm pretty sure it was going in, but there's one for me."  

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