Reading will aim to make it four league games unbeaten under Mark Bowen, as they take on fellow strugglers Luton Town this Saturday at the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals come in to the clash off the back of a 2-1 win against Millwall last time out, and will be hoping that the positive momentum can carry them through against The Hatters. A win could move Reading up to 16th, easing their relegation fears.
One player who has been key for Mark Bowen’s side in recent weeks has been their 30-year-old striker Sam Baldock, who has scored in the last two games, and was named Man of the Match against Millwall.
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Baldock has come back into the fray since Bowen has taken charge, after falling out of favour with previous incumbent Jose Gomes.
Ahead of the Luton game, the striker has sent a strong psychological message to the defenders that will come up against him.
This is what Baldock had to say, as reported in Berkshire Live:
“I like winding defenders up and I like to think I will keep my cool if they lose their concentration.
“Back in the day strikers enjoyed being a target man and now everyone wants to be a no.10. I enjoy doing the hard yards and I’ve had to adjust slightly. I enjoy playing off defenders and getting in behind them.”
Sam Baldock has been a breath of fresh air for Reading since he has come back into the fold, producing the goods when it matters.
These latest comments from the forward could either get into the heads of the Luton defenders, or fire them up for the battle, so we will have to wait and see if it was a good tactic from Baldock after Saturday’s game.