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Baldock on the ball at Oxford

13 October 2015

Two months into the season and George Baldock still hasn’t missed a minute of league action for loan club Oxford United.

The right back, on loan at the Kassam Stadium for the entire 2015/16 campaign, has featured from the start in all 12 of United’s Sky Bet League 2 matches so far this season, establishing himself as a key member of Michael Appleton’s squad. caught up with the 22-year-old to discuss his performances so far, as well as gather his thoughts on the Dons’ start to life in the Sky Bet Championship.

Q. George, you’ve played every minute of Oxford’s league campaign so far – how do you rate your start to the season?
A. It’s been a really good start to the season for me. I’ve enjoyed playing football week-in, week-out. As a footballer it’s what you work hard for all week, to play every Saturday. Playing every week will only aid my development - I’m still young and learning the game. Hopefully if I can continue developing that will help both Oxford and the Dons.

Q. You scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon last Saturday – that must have been an enjoyable moment for you?
A. It was great to score the winning goal but – and I know it’s a cliché – the fact we got three points was more important to me. To chip in with goals every now and then, though, is a really nice feeling.

Q. That victory at the weekend was Oxford’s third league win in a row and it moved them up to third in the League 2 table – are you confident you and your team-mates can continue your good form?
We’ve picked up three points, three league games in a row now so we’re starting to really find form now. This team has got ambitions of getting promoted and that’s why I wanted to go there on loan. They’ve got some really good players and they made some good signings in the summer too. It’s a good place to be at in the minute – winning breeds a strong mentality and if we continue to win then it will only continue to get better.

Q. Obviously playing for Oxford is your priority this season but do you still keep an eye out for the Dons and, if so, what have you made to the start the team’s made in the Sky Bet Championship?
I’ll always watch the Dons game on the Football League Show. I also got to watch the first half against Derby County when we were on Sky. I was taken aback by how well we were doing against a side like Derby. We’ve been playing well all season. I still speak to most of the boys regularly – I talk to Reevsy (Ben Reeves) and Jordan (Spence) quite a lot. I know we’ve had a couple of defeats in a row but they seem confident and hopefully, if a few more goals start to flow, we’ll shoot up the league.

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