Date: 11th January 2016 at 10:56am
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Striker Sam Baldock has said he was pleased to be back out on the pitch in the FA Cup third round loss to Hull City at the weekend following his spell out injured although obviously he wanted a more positive result in the game given the one nil defeat.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained.

‘I have been out for over eight weeks, but it`s felt a lot longer. It was just pleasing to get the call and get as many minutes under my belt as I could. I`ve been close to returning for a while now and I`ve got two good weeks of training under my belt, so that was one thing the manager was keen on. I can go into games now knowing that I`m fully fit and have the confidence to play my natural game. It`s been horrible being at every home game and listening to every away game knowing that there`s nothing I can do to influence it. I`ve just got to be one of the experienced voices in the dressing room and described myself as head cheerleader over the past couple of months. I am back now and hope to remain fit for a very important second half of the season.’

With manager Steve Bruce making several changes to the side following on from the Wolverhampton Wanderers showing on New Year’s Day, Baldock praised the opposition for their quality and approach to the game as it was a tight, and gritty affair.

‘They were very good, kept the ball for the majority of the game and have got a very strong squad. We made a few changes, which gave some people the chance to come in and prove that they`re worthy of a league place. But we give a lot of credit to Hull because they were very strong. We`re strictly focussing on ourselves now and if we can go into every game believing we can win and aim to pick three points, then we`ll have a big chance at the end of the season. Bringing Kazenga and myself back into the equation can hopefully bring goals. Richie Towell has come in from Ireland and has a great pedigree of scoring over there, so we`re confident that given the chances, we can put them away. We can give everything to the league and we can fully concentrate on that now. We`ve put ourselves in a strong position, played everyone in the league and shown what we can do. There`s no reason why we can`t replicate or even improve on that in the second half of the season.’

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