Ambitious Angus celebrates Barnsley clean sheet

Barnsley's Angus MacDonald battles for the ball
Barnsley's Angus MacDonald battles for the ball
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Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald believes the Reds’ took a step in the right direction at Brentford.

After missing last week’s defeat against Newcastle, MacDonald slotted back into the heart of the defence at Griffin Park.

The centre-back was recalled due to Marc Roberts’ injury and kept a clean sheet in his first start alongside fellow summer signing Adam Jackson – as Paul Heckingbottom’s side ended a six-game wait for a win.

“As a defender it’s your aim to be keeping clean sheets and we done that so it’s another step forward in the right direction,” said MacDonald.

“As defenders you’re not going to be scoring goals week in, week out, but clean sheets are the most important thing. They came at us late on, at 2-0 down you’d expect them to. They brought on the big man up front and we were getting a bit tired and that’s when you’ve got to keep your concentration.”

The Reds’ backline kept September’s Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Scott Hogan at bay during a resolute performance. The prolific frontman has netted eight times already this season but Heckingbottom’s rock solid outfit restricted the striker to very few opportunities.

Despite defenders and ‘keepers taking the plaudits for clean sheets, the former Torquay man insists it was a full team effort.

The 24-year-old added: “We’ve all stuck together, we feel the performances haven’t really been reflected by some of the results.

“It’s been individual errors more than anything, which we know we need to clean up a bit and we did that and came away with three points.”

After coming from Non-League football to Oakwell in the summer, MacDonald did not expect to be thrown in at the deep end so soon.

But once Alfie Mawson moved to Swansea, the former England C man was put into the first team.

MacDonald was disappointed not to play against Newcaslte saying: “I was rested and that’s the Gaffer’s decision. “Everybody wants to play but I fully respect Hecky’s decisions and it means I’ll just work even harder now to keep my place.”