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BALDOCK PLEASED WITH STRIKING PARTNERSHIP

18 October 2016

Albion's striker believes the partnership has developed his game.


Brighton and Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock believes that a flourishing striking partnership with Glenn Murray is helping to improve his game.

The forward has found the net in each of his last two games for the Seagulls, and spoke of his enjoyment at playing alongside the experienced frontman.

He said, “Glenn’s a good forward for any striker to play alongside, he worked well with Tomer [Hemed] and I’ve managed to work well with him too.

“He wins his fair share of headers and I’m used to playing off someone who wins a lot of flick-ons; so I can always gamble off him, and he looks to bring other people into play.

“His main attribute is his willingness to score goals, and I think he’s definitely got a target in mind, he said to me on the pitch on Saturday - ‘Sam, get me a goal’.

“He realises that if he scores goals, it’s more than likely that we’ll win the game. It’s his job to try and score goals, and hopefully I can chip in with a few as well.”

The 27-year-old feels he has been given more of a creative license this season, and that he has built up a good rapport with his team-mates on the pitch.

“I’ve enjoyed playing, and I think I’ve added a different dimension to what we’ve had previously. But I can’t dwell on that, because we’ve got quality players ready to pounce if one of us doesn’t perform.

“I’ve had to learn to be adaptable, because smaller strikers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s about getting into the team in any way that you can and then showing what you can do.

“Previously, I’ve had to sacrifice myself a little bit, but this year I think I’ve got more freedom to make movement in behind and come shorter to get the ball.

“The boys are a lot more aware of my movements now and where my strengths are, whereas last season there was an emphasis on defending from the front and dropping into holes.

“And while we still like to do that, we’re sharing the load between the two strikers a lot more this season, and we’re probably blocking the holes more than we’re marking the man.”

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Albion conceded a stoppage-time equaliser against Preston North End on Saturday, and although Baldock was frustrated with the late goal, he urged his team-mates to focus on bouncing back quickly.

“We were obviously disappointed after working our way back into the game. They were a tough nut to crack, and having gone behind, to then get ourselves back in front and concede in the 92nd minute was disappointing.

“It always does [feel like a defeat] when you drop points in the last few minutes, especially considering the effort we put in to overturn the deficit.

“But we can’t dwell on that, we’ve got another game today and we can make those points back up, because the games come thick and fast in the Championship."

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