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BALDOCK DELIGHTED WITH OPENING GOAL

26 February 2017

Albion's number nine spoke about his goal and the disciplined performance agaisnt the Royals.


Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock was delighted with the nature of his 11th goal of the season, and praised club captain Bruno for his perfectly-weighted pass that led to his strike against Reading at the Amex.

The 27-year-old showed great technique to bring down the Spaniard’s lofted pass in behind Reading’s backline, before firing home from close range to set the Seagulls on their way to a 3-0 victory.

He said, “I like that one because it was more of a striker’s movement goal. It was quite an important goal because they were the team on top.

“I glanced at Bruno, he looked at me and I knew what was coming. With the quality that he’s got, I knew where he was going to put it.

“I lost it slightly in the lights, but as it came back into focus, I managed to bring it down with my foot and use the defender behind me as somebody that I could fall onto and shoot.”

Albion returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a commanding performance against the Royals, and Baldock applauded his team-mates for maintaining their shape and focus throughout.

“It was obviously a big game and there had been a lot of build up, but nothing changed from our perspective. It was very pleasing to get the three points.

“Although we were very comfortable in our shape, they were very comfortable on the ball and dominated the game for a lot of the time.

“They were going to have long spells of possession, so we knew we’d have to stay solid and be hard to beat. They’re a really good side, so it was good to get my goal and win the game.

“Tuesday’s game [v Newcastle] is going to be no different. They’ve got some fantastic players, especially at this level, and we’re looking forward to pitting our wits against a good team.”

Baldock thanked the club’s loyal supporters for their noisy backing at the Amex, and believes their contribution from the stands can help the team on the pitch.

“The crowd can definitely channel their excitement in a way that can help us, they were great today.

“They get behind us, become that extra man at the Amex, and the away support has never doubted us either.

“It’s an exciting place, but we’ve got to make sure that the 11 players on the pitch at the time are focused on the job in hand.”

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