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🗨️ Baldock | "Luton will give everything they've got...so we have to do the same"

Royals striker looking to rebuild confidence quickly as the tussle for points intensifies going into the final six fixtures of the season...

2 July 2020

The three games following football's resumption have not gone according to plan. Aiming to hit the ground running, fortune has not favoured us in the games we have dominated and Tuesday night's defeat to Brentford put paid to any hopes of a push for a play-off place. Now it is about bouncing back...quickly!

“We put a lot of work in in the little time we’ve had to build up to these final nine games and we were coming into it with real positive vibes – so to not get the points we wanted is really disappointing," striker Sam Baldock explained.

"I felt Derby were the dominant side in the first half, but after we got the goal in the second half I felt anything could have happened. And Stoke at home - it was disappointing to concede so late on having dominated the game.

"But Tuesday evening was a real setback for everyone. They showed why they are near the top and why we’re not quite there yet.

"Yes, if little things had been ironed out in the build up to the goals we conceded or chances had been taken at the other end, points can go to different places. So the margins are fine.

"But especially after Tuesday night, you can’t hide that the confidence isn’t where it should be.

"The only way to get the confidence back up is to work hard on the training ground. We have to get a gameplan in our mind for Saturday and stick to it and we have to be positive."

Luton Town are fighting for survival and scrapping for points as this season reaches its climax - and they took a point back from Elland Road earlier in the week so will be confident they can keep a fine run of form going and edge closer to safety with victory over the Royals on Saturday.

"There’s a lot to be discussed from Tuesday’s game before that. And then we’ve got to brush the Brentford game under the carpet and look to the next one," Sam continued.

"Luton are a side in need of the points too, so they’ll give us everything they’ve got. They have a passionate manager who I know very well, they’ll be organised and play with real tempo if they’re anything like their manager.

"He’s come back in over the break, he knows the players well and they know him – they’ve had that bounce straight away and they’ve picked up some very good results. But hopefully that comes to an end on Saturday."

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