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Baudry: I had the right people around me

Defender talks return to action...

5 January 2019

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Mathieu Baudry has praised the support of those closest to him for the help they’ve given him during the tough times this season.

The Frenchman suffered a handful of injuries during his time with MK Dons, but in the last two games, he’s looked assured in the heart of the Dons defence.

Baudry completed his first 90-minutes of the season against Northampton Town, before once again, finishing the encounter with Cambridge United on New Year’s Day. 

The Defender looked confident and assured in both games, and speaking after the win over Cambridge, he thanked the First-Team staff, players, and his family, for their support. 

“Tis and his staff have been so good with me,” Baudry told iFollow MK Dons.

“I felt embarrassed. It’s hard because you have to put your ego on the side – it can be tough to take. 

“You pretend to be alright, but you’re not alright. It’s been tough on me, my wife and my little one. You have to keep working and keep thinking it’ll get better – today was a result of that work. 

“I have to say a massive thank you to those who supported me. The boys have been so good with me – I love every single one of them.

“I took a little second to smile during the game. My little man was in the crowd – he hasn’t had the chance to see me play recently so I’m glad he did.”

He continued, “It’s been one of the harder times in my career – both for me and my family. I’m just so glad to be amongst the boys again - the boys and staff have been unbelievable with me!”

Baudry also took the time to assess his individual performances in the last two games, and despite impressing, he feels he still has more to offer as he continues to up his fitness levels. 

“I’m way off where I want to be as I’ve been out for a long time – I feel I can do a lot better. I’ve missed a lot of time with Tis and the coaching staff, so I tried to take in as much as I could, as quickly as possible. 

“Fitness-wise, I’m catching up with the boys, so I’m playing a lot with my head. I know what I can do and I’m going to work hard to get back to my best.”

Baudry concluded, “Tis and the staff are relentless. They always keep you on your toes – that’s great to have - you have to stay focused and not get carried away.”

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