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Baldock: Relishing playing time

10 March 2014

George Baldock admits he’s relishing playing as part of a back four which have conceded just five goals in their last seven games.

The young defender has impressed since replacing the injured Lee Hodson at right-back and played his part in limiting the Dons’ opponents' chances and goals the last two months.

Baldock has also chipped in at the top end of the pitch, scoring two goals in his last three games including the winner in the weekend’s 2-1 victory over Swindon Town at the County Ground.

“I’m relishing playing in this back four.” Baldock told MK Dons Player after Saturday’s game. “They all put their bodies on the line and I’m learning from it.

“I don’t really remember (my goal) as the adrenaline is still taking over me. Jay McEveley showed me the line and I think he wanted me to cross it in as they’d defended them quite well in the game, bar the corner. I just thought ‘why not’ to be honest, I’d scored one at Oldham with my right why not try with my left and luckily it went in.

“The win makes the (Notts County game) so much bigger than it was. We’re up to seventh and we play Peterborough next Saturday so if we can have a good week then anything can happen. We’ll take every game as it comes.”

Although the side, for the eighth game in a row, limited their opposition to no more than a single goal, Baldock admits the side were disappointed with the one conceded on Saturday. 

Against the run of play, David Martin failed to hold onto a dipping shot from Robins winger Alex Pritchard and Michael Smith arrived, timely, to nod home from a yard.

Baldock, though, expects his goalkeeper to bounce back. He added: “Pritchard’s a very good player and it’s hard to defend when someone’s running at you at pace and they want to go inside.

“He got a shot off and it wasn’t like Dave but he’s arguably the best ‘keeper in this League. He’s such a strong character mentally and I look up to him in that way. I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”

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