Honesty cost us two penalties says Baldock

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Staying on his feet when he could have gone down to win a penalty ultimately cost Dons victory, according to George Baldock.

The full-back just about managed to stay upright when a rough-house challenge in the first half against Coventry City almost sent him sprawling in the penalty area.

But the 21-year-old bravely stayed on his feet to get a cross in, missing out on the chance to win a spot-kick for his side.

Dean Bowditch too had a similar incident on the same flank, and after a conversation with referee Darren Sheldrake, Baldock says honesty sometimes isn’t the best policy.

“I could’ve gone down,” he said. “I asked the referee if I went down would it have been a penalty and he said ‘yes.’

“You want honesty. They want to cut out where players go down easily, well surely players should be awarded for honesty.

“Maybe on other days we’ll get that bit of luck.”

Dons though were guilty of missing a hat-full of chances that would’ve won them the game anyway.

And Baldock admits that made for a frustrating afternoon against a side he tips for big things come the end of the season.

He said: “It was very frustrating. As a team, we played so well in the first half and I don’t think we could’ve done much more than score.

“We’ve had a load of chances, and on other days it could’ve been 3-0 at the break.

“And that’s no disrespect to Coventry, who are a very good side.

“I think they’ll be in and around the play-offs at the end of the year.”

Saturday was Baldock’s first start of the season, replacing the injured Lee Hodson at right back.

With Hodson likely to miss the next two months with ankle ligament damage, picked up in the game against Chesterfield, Baldock felt it fit in well.

“I felt good,” he said. “I felt I provided a good threat going forward. I’ve worked so hard on my defending with Richie Barker and today it paid off. I’m not going to sit here and tell you one game makes a good player, you’ve got to keep doing it.

“But that’s what’s great about our squad - there are always people pushing you to work harder and to learn from. It’s great to be around the place at the minute.”

And it’s certainly a strong place to be at the moment, with Samir Carruthers coming off the bench to make his second debut for the club since signing earlier this month, while Jordan Spence was an unused substitute after signing on a permanent basis on Thursday.

And Baldock has likened the strength of the squad to that of 2011-12, before his brother Sam was sold to West Ham at the end of August.

Baldock said: “I was part of the squad before my brother left when we started on a high.

“But the way things are at the moment, I can’t see how we can improve the squad much more, to be honest.

“We’ve got Will Grigg, Tom Hitchcock and Benik Afobe up front, Samir Carruthers coming back after the disappointment of last year - who ever saw that coming? Jordan Spence has played right back in the Premier League, you can’t get much better than that.”