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🗨️ Baldock | "We knew we couldn't take Blackpool for granted"

Striker reflects on draw in FA Cup

5 January 2020

Sam Baldock reflected on a 'difficult' afternoon against Blackpool in the Emirates FA Cup, as the Royals came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the League One side.

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Baldock latched on to a Michael Olise pass to level matters early in the second half, before making way for Danny Loader to come on and score a second for Reading after Armand Gnanduillet had put the Tangerines ahead for a second time in the match.

It was a much-changed Reading side on the day, but with Baldock working his way back to full fitness, he was happy with his afternoon's work.

On his goal, the striker said: "It's pleasing - it's always nice to get on the scoresheet. It's a tidy finish, I was pleased with that one. Michael's a talented boy, and I said to him before the game that if you make those passes, I'll get you on the assist list, and fortunately, he did.

"I think the young boys conducted themselves very well, they put a lot of professionalism into the job today, which was pleasing.

"The result's a little bit disappointing, but there's another great opportunity for them to get through to the next round.

"Blackpool will be thinking that 'we'll get them back to our place and show them what we're about up there,' so we'll look forward to a tough one up there and we'll try and get through.

"We knew we couldn't take them for granted at all. Their big man up front caused us a lot of problems, they got runners off him and they're well structured, they know what they're doing so it was a tough afternoon for us."

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Baldock got a valuable hour of football under his belt on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a minor injury, which had kept him sidelined for the festive period before he returned off the bench against Fulham on New Year's Day.

"I had the setback against Derby which put me out for a couple of games, and no-one can expect to come into a team that's won three on the spin.

"I played my part from the bench against Fulham, and now focus switches to next weekend, to make sure I'm fully fit and fresh for that.

"There's a lot of competition for places. The boys have been doing really well, but we know that can't continue for the rest of the season - so it's going to be a squad game, everyone is going to need to be at it when the time comes.

"That's what it's all about now - getting back together as a squad, focus on Forest and see if we can come back here and pick up three points."


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