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BALDOCK PLAYS DOWN CENTURY MILESTONE

12 February 2017

Albion's number nine reached 100 career goals on Saturday.


Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock played down the significance of his 100th career goal, and insists the achievements of the team are far more important than reaching milestones of his own.

The 27-year-old scored the second in Albion’s 4-1 victory over Burton Albion yesterday, and although he was happy to reach a century of goals, the forward remains focused on achieving success as a team.

He said, “I’m not a selfish player and don’t want personal goals to overtake what’s needed within the team, so it’s not a big thing for me.

“I stopped counting during my slow patches in the first couple of years at this club. I’ve been stuck in the nineties for a while. I want to play freely, and obviously if I had of dwelled on it, I’d become anxious and uptight.

“Obviously it’s pleasing to get there, but it would be trumped 100 times if we were to get promoted this season.”

Baldock returned to the starting line-up for the first time in six games since recovering from a calf injury, and felt the timing of the opening two goals were vital.

“It’s been a tough time out, but it was great to get back into the team and return to winning ways.

“The three points are more important, and that’s very true here, but obviously it was great to get on the scoresheet as well.

“We started the game really well, got the goal that we wanted and then gained a bit of confidence.

“I think we dominated the opening stages of the second half, came out playing well and got the job done early on.”

Anthony Knockaert and Solly March both claimed assists at the Amex, and Baldock was full of praise for the pair of wingers.

“Both wingers were great for us and when you get service like that form the wide men, it’s hard to miss.

“I was worried for him at the end because he was putting the ball through a few too many people’s legs, I thought he might get kicked!

“He’s [Solly March] deceptively very quick, a glider and a joy to watch when he’s in full flow."

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