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BALDOCK PRAISES DEFENSIVE PLATFORM

19 February 2017

The Albion forward was happy to score twice and keep a clean sheet.


Brighton & Hove Albion match-winner Sam Baldock was delighted to score twice against Barnsley in the 2-0 victory at Oakwell yesterday, and praised his team-mates for providing a strong defensive platform to build upon.

The striker scored his first brace for the Seagulls with both goals coming after the break, and Baldock was pleased that the team rediscovered their form with an impressive performance in Yorkshire.

He said: “We wanted to get back to the way that we play football, get the clean sheet and attack from a solid foundation. I think we did that really well actually.

“We had a couple of half-chances in the first half and we never really looked like conceding. I felt our two banks of four were solid.

“We came out quick, dominated the first half without getting the rewards, but we managed to get the goals that we deserved in the second half.

“It’s pleasing [scoring twice] but very minimal in relation to the importance of the result. It’s something I hope to recreate at some point in the season, but the three points were the most important.”

Albion boss Chris Hughton opted to start with Glenn Murray alongside Baldock, and the 27-year-old praised the club’s top goalscorer for his commanding performance after being recalled to the starting line-up.

“It was a big call from the gaffer because Tomer’s [Hemed] been in good form of late, but Glenn’s been our leading goalscorer all season and I think the gaffer made the right call.

“Glenn was really dominating their centre-halves and we felt we’d get a lot of joy playing into him. Having been out for a couple of games, it was a fantastic response from him.

“He’s a quality player and that’s why the club paid that money for a 33-year-old. He’s been good for us all season and it’s good that he’s back to full fitness and full sharpness.

“The partnership worked quite well, but whoever the gaffer decides to play, we all trust that it’s the right decision. We both know that there’s Chuba [Akpom] and Tomer waiting to step in.”

Albion’s victory at Oakwell marked Hughton’s 100th league game in charge at the club, and Baldock explained the high level of respect the players have for the Seagulls boss.

“You’ll struggle to find many better [managers] in the Championship or outside the Premier League. All the boys like him and he treats everyone the same.

“He doesn’t have favourites, he speaks to everyone exactly the same and there’s so much respect there, but he doesn’t demand it, he’s earned it.”

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