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Question Time - George Baldock

6 February 2019

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George Baldock was the main focus of Saturday's 'Question Time' in UTB - United's ever popular matchday programme.

The wing-back adorned the cover of the Bolton issue, before going on to speak exclusively at length about a host of United related topics, including the role he played in Billy Sharp's 'Mr Socko' celebration at Norwich City.

George Baldock believes home form could be the decisive factor as the Blades continue to battle it out at top end of the Sky Bet Championship.
And the wing-back thinks the Bramall Lane faithful have a huge role to play in the remaining nine games to be played at S2.
George is adamant United should be looking up not over their shoulders in the coming weeks, but acknowledged that he and his team-mates cannot afford to become complacent as they welcome Phil Parkinson's Bolton Wanderers to the steel city this afternoon.


UTB: You've been an ever present since in the league since the beginning of December. You must be enjoying a prolonged run in the team?
GB: I had to bide my time through the opening weeks of the season, the team was picking up results and the players in possession of the shirts were doing well. But I stayed professional in training and made sure I was ready to take my opportunity. I'm delighted to be playing consistently again, but I know I must keep producing good performances to stay in the side. There is genuine competition all over the park, in every position, we've got some talented players and a strong squad, so everyone has to be on their toes and performing to the top of their game. If you've got the shirt, you've got to keep it, if you haven't you have to work hard to try and get it back.

UTB: It was said to be a deserved point against Norwich City at Carrow Road, what was your verdict of the game?
GB: The boys showed great character to come from behind twice, in what was a real high-quality game. Both teams are excellent on the ball in particular and are at the top of the table for a reason, so it was crucial to get a deserved share of the spoils, despite falling behind at the beginning of each half. We were facing a promotion rival on their own patch and they have been in excellent form at home, so it was really pleasing to get a point and on another day we could have taken all three. It's important not to lose those games, they could have opened up a six-point gap with a win and hopefully we can now close the gap.

UTB: How did you come to be on the receiving end of Billy Sharp's 'Mr Socko' celebration?
GB: Billy spoke to me just before the game, about taking part and I don't mind anything light-hearted like that. He told me it was something to do with his mates who he used to play football with as a kid and it would have been pretty hard for his mate to get down to the front when we scored, so I was happy to oblige, despite knowing where the sock had been for 45 minutes!

UTB: How crucial is our home form going to be in the run-in?
GB: There is no secret to the fact that if we're going to be successful our home form is going to have to be strong, probably near perfect between now and the end of the season. In the Championship, whether it be home or away, every game is tough, but with that home advantage in our favour, it could be integral to how our season pans out. The supporters have been fantastic right the way through, but the atmosphere against Derby on Boxing Day was something else really, a few repeats of that would certainly spur us on.

UTB: In your own words, just how special are the supporters, both at the Lane and on the road?
GB: The world of football knows how passionate the Blades fans are and how much they back their team. Bramall Lane is a special place to play your football, but the backing we receive at every away game, whether it be Rotherham on a Saturday lunchtime or Brentford on a Tuesday night, the support is phenomenal, the lads really do appreciate it. They've been right with us since the day I joined following promotion from League One, they are behind us and become that 12th man.

UTB: Is it a case of taking nothing for granted, home or away?
GB: Absolutely. Arguably our toughest game this season was at Rotherham, where to most neutrals it probably looked like a straight forward away win. It was anything but, they were fantastic on the day and they showed us then what could happen if you take your foot off the gas, even slightly. We've reacted well to that game and with the belief and character we've got, hopefully that can carry us over the line.

UTB: Three points off second and six points off top spot with 17 games to go. Are focuses on those above, rather than the chasing pack?
GB: Yes. We play with a certain ethos and the club has a certain way under the gaffer. There is no point having a fear or being scared of the situation, we will never take a backwards step or lack belief and who knows where our front-foot approach can take us in the coming weeks. We can't go into games being fearful, we must be positive and go for the jugular. It hasn't served us badly until now, so there is no point changing what we do, we must keep our foot on the gas and put pressure on those around us.

UTB: Is promotion a banned word in the dressing-room?
GB: Not really, no. But people would be surprised how little we talk about promotion in the changing room and that's not because we're not allowed to talk about. It's because we all know there are still so many hurdles to overcome, there will be twists and turns and some surprises too. Our job is far from done and we just try and focus on the next game.

UTB: You are edging ever closer to 50 United appearances since arriving from MK Dons, how would you reflect on your time at S2 to date?
GB: I'd have hoped to have made a few more appearances and I'm sure I would have but for two or three niggling injuries. It's been a great 18 months for me since I joined, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and long may it continue. There have certainly been more highs than lows and, hopefully, if we keep doing a lot of the things right the biggest high anybody could wish for is just around the corner.



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