Barnsley: Tykes star is talk of the Toon

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Newcastle United loan striker Ivan Toney is finally happy to be hitting the back of the net for Barnsley.

And the Toon hitman hopes he can score many more goals to help the Reds climb up the table after a poor start to the season.

A battling 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Colchester United last weekend saw the Reds haul themselves off the bottom of League One.

But the recovering job has only just started, especially with Lee Johnson’s side have coming close to squandering a commanding 3-0 lead.

“It’s not been a good season for the boys, but recently we’ve managed to pick up a few results and have climbed up the table,” said Toney. “We sat back at 3-0 up and they came back at us very strong in the second half and got two goals back.

“But luckily for us they couldn’t get a third and we managed to hold and take the three points, which we really needed.

“The lads really want to be pushing up the table, they’re confident. More wins can only help.”

Toney, 19, has netted in his last two games and also scored from the penalty spot in the club’s memorable penalty shootout win over Wigan Athletic in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area semi-finals.

“As a striker you get judged on goals – and the first few games I wasn’t scoring them,” reflected Toney. “I’m not happy unless I score, so it’s been nice to pick up a few goals in the last few games.

“Hopefully now I can take that form into the next game and get on the scoresheet again.

“First team football is what it’s about, everyone wants to be playing regularly.

“Barnsley are a great club and they should be a lot higher in the table than where they are in my opinion and hopefully I can help make sure that’s the case.”

Meanwhile, former Barnsley favourite Bobby Hassell has been appointed the club’s Academy Head of Recruitment.