BAL­DOCK BACK TO HAUNT MK DONS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Boyle

SAM Bal­dock stuck the knife into his old club with two ra­zor-sharp fin­ishes for Bris­tol City, prompt­ing MK Dons boss Karl Robin­son to rue the one that got away.

The 24-year-old striker twice put the Robins ahead on his re­turn to sta­dium:mk but fine sec­ond-half goals from Pa­trick Bam­ford and sub­sti­tute Samir Car­ruthers main­tained the Dons’ un­beaten record.

City skip­per Bal­dock came up against his 20-year-old brother Ge­orge in the match and al­though hon­ours were even, it was Sam who claimed the in­di­vid­ual brag­ging rights af­ter his preda­tory dou­ble.

Robin­son still keeps in reg­u­lar con­tact with Sam, who re­fused to cel­e­brate ei­ther of his goals at the club where he made his name, and he ad­mit­ted the strikes could have been avoided.

“Sam said to me af­ter the game ‘football is un­fair some­times’ - I think he knows it was two sucker-punches with his goals,” Robin­son said.

“But he’s a great kid, he’s one of our own but he’s done us over.

“Ob­vi­ously Sam is go­ing to get all the plau­dits but I’m dis­ap­pointed with his goals and how we de­fended them.

“We had 24 hours to put that back-four to­gether but it’s frus­trat­ing that our goals have to be won­der-goals and then we gift the op­po­si­tion goals.”

Aden Flint headed against the post for City be­fore Bal­dock put them ahead, con­trol­ling Bobby Reid’s pass in the box to lash a fine strike into the top cor­ner in the 36th minute. The Dons had plenty of pos­ses­sion in the first half but they strug­gled to un­lock the Robins’ de­fence, with Bam­ford fir­ing their best chance into the side-net­ting from a tight an­gle.

The home side piled for­ward af­ter the break and Bam­ford equalised seven min­utes af­ter the restart when he raced onto Luke Chad­wick’s pass and drilled a clin­i­cal left-foot shot in­side the far post.

Bal­dock re­stored Bris­tol City’s lead in the 66th minute when he ran clear onto a long punt and drilled the ball low past David Martin for his fifth goal of the sea­son.

But on-loan As­ton Villa winger Car­ruthers made it it 2-2 just three min­utes later, curl­ing an ex­cel­lent first-time shot into the top cor­ner from sub­sti­tute Dele Alli’s pass.

Shaun Wil­liams al­most won it for the Dons at the death but his curl­ing free-kick was tipped onto the post by City keeper Frank Field­ing.

But de­spite this late scare Robins boss Sean O’Driscoll was an­noyed his team failed to claim the three points af­ter twice lead­ing.

He said:“It was frus­trat­ing to draw but you only get bet­ter when you make mis­takes – we were guilty of that at times.

“We worked re­ally hard, de­fen­sively we looked more sound than we have in the last two or three games and we are al­ways go­ing to score goals.

“Sam is a goalscorer. If we can keep him fit and keep pro­vid­ing him with chances then he’ll end up be­ing one of the top goal-scor­ers in the di­vi­sion.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

I’M BACK: Bris­tol City's Sam Bal­dock cel­e­brates his sec­ond

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