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🙏 Baldock | "People have had dreams in the FA Cup all their lives"

Striker hopes to be in the hat for last 16 with Cardiff win

24 January 2020

Sam Baldock spoke of the Royals' desire to make it through to the Fifth Round of the Emirates FA Cup, with Cardiff City being Reading's visitors at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Reading have already beaten the Bluebirds emphatically in RG2 in the league this season, but a different kind of test will await them in the knockout tournament this weekend.

Baldock struck late when he came off the bench to equalise for the Royals at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, and focus quickly turned to what lies ahead in the famous old competition.

"It's the FA Cup - it's the oldest cup competition in the world," the Reading striker said. "Everyone wants to do as well as they can, people have had dreams in that competition all their lives.

"Hopefully we give it a good go and progress. It's a squad game, we're going to need everyone - so I'm glad I was able to come off the bench and contribute against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

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"We've got a high quality squad, you've got people ready to step in, like we showed on Wednesday with boys who maybe haven't played as many minutes in the league as they would have liked. They stepped in seamlessly.

"It's another great opportunity to progress. Cardiff made a few changes in the Third Round, as did we.

"We'll see what teams the managers decide to go for, but we're confident we've got a squad that no matter who's on the pitch, we can get the victory and get our names in the hat."

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