Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock believes the team can look at the recent success Burnley and Bournemouth had in the Championship to fire the Seagulls up to the Premier League.
He said, “Who can ever call the Championship? There’s a couple of teams that have thrown a bit of cash about but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
“When you look at those two teams (Burnley and Bournemouth) their promotion was down to their team ethic and they scored a lot of goals. That’s where we struggled last season.”
“Our team spirit has picked up and if we create more chances, and get myself and Tomer (Hemed) in good positions, then we’re confident we can get the goals to get us up the division.”
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Hemed’s first-half penalty was enough to beat Europa League winners Sevilla on Sunday but Baldock admits he will claim the next spot-kick.
“We’re both strikers so we both wanted to take the penalty. Tomer put it away well but I will definitely be putting my hand up for the next one.”
Albion’s number nine is also relishing his strike partnership with Hemed and is raring to get going.
He added, “it’s been going really well between us, especially in training. We are both strikers who like to know what the other one is doing.
“We openly said we can’t score the goals without other people so I think we’re going to benefit from one another.”
Baldock admitted he has had to work hard this summer to get regain his fitness and is determined to put his poor season last year behind him.
He said, “It’s been hard – I’ve spent a lot of hours in the gym on my own to get myself fit and strong.
“Last season wasn’t my best but I set the target to get back fit and flying for the start of the season ready to win games.
“It is important to set short-term goals and we can’t look further than first game. Every game is a different challenge and we have to adapt like we showed against Sevilla.”
The 26-year-old only managed four goals in 22 appearances last campaign and struggled to match his form at Bristol City – where he scored 24 league goals in the 2013/14 season.
Despite this, Baldock is confident ahead of the new season and has set himself some personal goal-scoring targets.
“It’s hard for me to put a number on it at the minute. Every striker wants to score goals so one a game would be nice – that’d do me.”
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