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Baldock: Belief & character at Coventry

29 November 2016

George Baldock believes MK Dons’ strong character was on full display in their 2-1 victory over Coventry City.

The men from MK1, despite taking the lead at the Ricoh Arena, looked on course to be settling for their third draw in four games until Ed Upson swept home his second goal of the game 10 minutes from time to earn the side a vital three points.

“It’s a big relief,” Baldock said afterwards. “Hopefully we can build on it now.

“I thought the first half was quite open. Too many chances, I think. Richie had his say at half-time and it jeed all the boys up.

“(There was) great character shown. The response was brilliant and I thought we were solid in the second half.”

“To have Darren Potter back was also massive, with the protection he gives to the back four. He’s such an experienced player.”

“(Ed) has been very good in recent weeks. He likes getting forward and Richie gave him the licence to go forward today. We’ve seen the quality he has when he does get into the final third.

The right-back was also full of praise for the Dons’ midfield pairing of Upson and Darren Potter – the former who bagged a match-winning brace and the latter making a return to action after an injury lay-off.

“Those are the sorts of characteristics you need when you’re down the bottom of the league.”

“Richie has said it will take bravery to get out of the position we are in. Lewie showed that in abundance to go into that tackle, knowing we was probably going to get hurt.

As well as in the comeback, Baldock felt the Dons’ commitment and desire was also epitomised in when Dean Lewington bravely challenged for a ball with midfielder Ben Stevenson, who was dismissed for his poor lunge on the Club captain.

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“If we can (replicate) our away form into our home form then I’m sure we’d get ourselves back into the mix.”

“We’ve been brilliant away from home. I doubt there’s many teams out there have done better.

Saturday’s success was the Dons’ fifth on the road but the challenge now for the team is to begin replicating their away form at Stadium MK – something Baldock hopes they can start doing after the Emirates FA Cup break this weekend.

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