Barnsley centre-back Angus MacDonald is delighted with the way he and his fellow defenders have performed this season.
MacDonald came from non-league Torquay United last summer as defensive cover.
However, with Alfie Mawson’s big-money move to the Premier League, MacDonald was thrust into the first team and has played a part in 13 of the Reds’ 14 clean sheet.
“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done at the back,” explained the 24-year-old.
“As a defender your job is to keep clean sheets, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.
“By doing that you give yourself the best opportunity to win games.
“Working as a back four, working as a unit, we have a real desire to stop goals.
“That’s what it’s about right through the back four and then behind us you’ve got Davo [Adam Davies] and he’s also got that same hunger and desire.”
Down the other end MacDonald has netted twice, whilst captain Marc Roberts has scored twice as many.
As important as it is to keep goals out defensively, it is also paramount for the Reds’ towering defenders to play a part in the scoring stakes.
And MacDonald totally agrees with that assessment, he said: “As important as it is to stop goals going in, it’s nice to add a few.
“It’s also good to get important goals like winners so it isn’t always down to the attackers.
“It takes a bit of pressure off the guys like Marley [Watkins].”
* Central defensive partner Marc Roberts is the source of interest from Aston Villa.
Villa raided the Reds in January as they snapped up both Conor Hourihane and full-back James Bree.