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Posted Friday, August 30th 2019

‘Our togetherness has been key’ – Baker

Nathan Baker says the tight-knit nature of the squad has helped the club achieve their positive results of late.

The centre-back has played a big role so far this season and looks to stamp his authority as part of an adaptable and versatile backline.

Since their opening day defeat to Leeds United, City have gone on a four-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship and head into tomorrow’s game against Middlesbrough having taken maximum points from their last three fixtures.

“The key to form in recent games has been the togetherness,” Baker said. “Obviously, we’ve had new players coming in, they’ve all done well and stepped up the Championship standard which is perfect and we hope to progress from there.

“Middlesbrough have one win out of five I believe under a new manager (Jonathan Woodgate) so they are going to be eager to get another win under their belt. No game is easy in the Championship and this will prove to be another tough challenge.”

Last season was one to forget for Baker who suffered on and off with injuries. But having returned to the starting XI against Birmingham City on matchday two, Baker has played every minute of the 2019/20 league campaign so far.

Baker: 2019/20 stats

 

  • 360 minutes played
  • 4 matches
  • 1.5 tackles per game
  • 1.3 interceptions per game
  • 7 clearances
  • Averaging 40 passes per game
  • 74% pass success rate

He said: “Considering last year’s injuries, I had a good pre-season, I feel nice and fit and strong again. I’ve played the first few games of the season, I’m feeling strong and I’m ready for the season.”

And in doing so, he’s begun to form partnerships with Tomas Kalas and Taylor Moore particularly. Moore has stepped up to the first team this season, three years since making his debut.

“I played a bit with Tomas Kalas last year,” Baker continued. “Everyone knows what he’s all about: he’s strong quick, got the cover and gives you the confidence to step in. Taylor Moore is a new one, he’s come in and taking it in his stride. His confidence shows and the partnerships are growing, definitely.”

City face Middlesbrough tomorrow in a 12.30pm kick-off.

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