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👍 Baldock on a 'positive performance' and goal at Forest

Striker looks back at equaliser at The City Ground

23 January 2020

Sam Baldock spoke of Reading's 'positive performance' and determination to avoid defeat against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground on Wednesday night.

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The striker provided a quick equaliser for the Royals after former Reading man, Lewis Grabban put the hosts ahead 10 minutes from time.

It was a well-earned point for Mark Bowen's side on the night, and Baldock discussed how the goal came about after the final whistle in Nottingham.

"The ball's come into me, I've tried to get it under and Gunts is running towards me to help set it up, but I didn't feel that I had comfortable enough possession to set it off," he said.

"I thought I was close enough to the goal to get a quick turn, a quick snapshot and hopefully the keeper's not ready for it.

"I don't know what the confusion was [about the goal being given], I was pretty confident that it was over the line and we've got the technology now.

"I enjoyed their fans giving me a bit of stick, because I got to give it back when it was confirmed."

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Baldock was introduced as a second-half substitute at The City Ground, with his impact helping the Royals to a well-earned point on the night against their promotion-chasing opponents.

"We definitely didn't deserve to lose," the striker emphasised. "I don't think we created too many goalscoring opportunities, but I don't think we let them do that either.

"We were comfortable in possession at times, and we controlled the game for a lot of it. We're fairly evenly matched with the team currently 4th in the league, so it was a positive performance.

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"We've had to be adaptable, there were a few changes today who came in and didn't look out of place at all. It's testament to the manager, Eddie [Niedzwiecki] and John [O'Shea] and everything we've been doing on the training ground.

"We're well drilled to adapt and come to tough places like this and put on a performance."

Baldock also reserved praise for teenager Michael Olise, who impressed in his first league start of the season at Forest - making a key contribution throughout on the right flank.

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"He's a real talent," Baldock said. "Sometimes you have to rein him in a little bit, but I've noticed a real change in his personality in the last couple of months.

"He's really tried to adapt his game and work harder off the pitch and around the place. That showed tonight, he came in and it was a seamless introduction to the first team again. He's got a really bright future." 


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