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MacDonald: "The fans have been great this season!"

29 April 2017

Reds defender Angus MacDonald spoke to the press following his Man of the Match performance this afternoon.

The centre half was in fine form at Oakwell this afternoon but again the Reds were left to settle for a point. 

With just a point needed to survive, Burton set out their stall to frustrate the Reds, but MacDonald felt this was understandable. 

He said: "I think if it was the other way around and it was us that needed the point then we'd have done exactly the same.

"We'd have battled hard and given it all for that point, so credit to Burton, fair play to them they've come here with a game-plan and stuck to it and they're a Championship club for another season."

With the injury to Marc Roberts, Reds Gaffer Paul Heckingbottom was forced to re-shuffle his defence once again, with Adam Jackson recalled after injury and Callum Elder made his first start since defeat away at QPR. 

Angus told us that it's not ideal having to chop and change but had the Reds grabbed a second goal their early second half pressure probably deserved, it might have been a different outcome.

"A second goal is always vital" he explained. "It's a shame not to get it. I had that chance myself but the 'keeper has done well to save it and then they've hit us back quite quickly.

"We've had to change the back four again and it's always difficult when you've played with someone for so long for so many games and they're missing. 

"But Jacko's come back in and I thought he was brilliant. He's been in and out with injuries but he's definitely got a bright future. Whenever he's played he's done well and I think we've paired up together well previously."

The former Torquay man hasn't yet been at the Club for a year but he's already made his mark on Barnsley, so much so that he was awarded Community Player of the Season ahead of kick off this afternoon at Oakwell.

MacDonald spoke of his pride in receiving such an accolade but suggested he was only happy to be able to give something back.

As he told us: "It's always nice to give something back and I'm pleased to help out in the community. I was very proud to have received the award but it's not about that, not for me.

"It's always hard coming to a new area but I think I settled right in. The people have been great with me and so I enjoy doing my bit when I can to give something back."

Once the season finishes, Angus will be preparing for a mammoth 300-mile bike ride from Paris to London in aid of Epilepsy Research UK. 

Whilst he acknowledges the daunting task ahead of him, he says he's looking forward to getting it done and raising the profile of the charity.

He said: "I'm hoping to get a bit of training in before the ride, I'll have to do some work on the bike that's for sure otherwise my body will be in bits! 

"But I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully raising awareness for the charity, and I'm sure once I finish it I'll look back on it with pride."

With just one more game remaining, MacDonald wants the Reds to finish on a high up at Newcastle next weekend. 

Our hosts next Sunday will be celebrating promotion and could possibly still even lift the title, but Angus is dreaming of three points and Barnsley acting as party-poopers!

"The season isn't quite done yet" he stated. "We've to go up to Newcastle and we're looking for three points as always. If we win that then we could finish top half I think, which would be some achievement.

"The fans have been great this season, so hopefully we go up there and spoil Newcastle's promotion party!"

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