The forward was happy to extend his goal tally with Albion's opener.
Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock was delighted to add to his tally of long-range strikes, as his goal set the Seagulls on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Baldock broke the deadlock in the 11th minute with a superb left-footed strike from the edge of the area, and Albion’s number nine took a lot of satisfaction from the goal.
He said, “It was an enjoyable one, and I don’t score too many from outside the box.
“I knew he [Nedum Onuoha] was a quick boy and wasn’t going to give me too much time, but I was comfortable enough to shoot and fortunately it went in.
“It was a good ball into me from Dale [Stephens]. I knew there was space and I gambled that the defender would come quite tight, so I took a touch to draw him in and shifted it longer. I felt it was rolling nicely and there to be hit.”
“I’ve always given everything I can give, but it does help to chip in with a few more goals. I know the boys appreciate what I do, and it was nice to do it for the fans.”
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The forward recognised that Albion were not at their peak in the first half and admitted that Nedum Onuoha’s sending off ultimately made the victory more comfortable.
“We knew we were lucky, the big man [David Stockdale] has kept us in it with a couple of good saves. We knew we hadn’t been at our best and needed to regain a bit of composure.
“We came out a lot better in the second half. We were a lot more solid, kept the ball well and got the second goal early on.
“I felt like I was in on goal and got clipped. I wasn’t going to get there [to the ball] and it was enough to take me down.
“Obviously it made the game a little more comfortable and we kind of coasted through to the finishing line.”
Next up for Albion is the visit of Cardiff City to the Amex and Baldock paid little attention to the fact that the Seagulls had moved top of the table ahead of the game on Friday.
“We’ve just done the job today [Tuesday] and our focus is already shifted to Cardiff. We know how difficult it was going to Cardiff last time. We need to get our recovery in because they’ve had one extra recovery day than us.
“We need to make sure we prepare properly, professionally and approach the game in a similar sort of manner.”
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