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Angus MacDonald on tonight's trip to Reading

28 November 2017

The Reds skipper previewed his side's visit to the Madejski Stadium.

It has been a somewhat up and down campaign for Reds captain, Angus MacDonald in his second season here at Oakwell. 

After winning many plaudits for his debut season as a Red, MacDonald was a popular choice when named as skipper by Reds Head Coach, Paul Heckingbottom, following the departure of Marc Roberts in the summer.

But a red card and subsequent three-match suspension picked up at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United saw Angus lose his place in the starting lineup to the impressive Adam Jackson. 

Then came an injury which further disrupted his start to the 2017/18 season, but after Jackson too was struck down by injury, MacDonald has since regained his place in Heckingbottom's XI, and until the last two fixtures, his return had coincided with a four-match unbeaten run.

But last weekend was the ultimate 'down' for MacDonald and in yesterday's pre-match press conference he was quick to apologise for the team's performance.

"It was massively frustrating," he told us. 

"Not only for the 11 players out there and the subs who came on, as well as the management, but mainly for the fans. Each and every one of us knew what that game meant to the fans. None of us purposely went out there to give a bad performance or make mistakes, and we're sorry that it played out like that. But ultimately, we've got a game against Reading quickly so we can look to put things right."

The captain believes that whilst the last two games haven't been good enough, that performances on the whole have improved as the season has progressed and points to recent away results as reason to be hopeful going into tonight's match at Reading.

He told us: "I think we've improved massively if you look at where we were going into the new season. From Bristol City to where we are now, there's been ups and downs but the performances in the main have been decent. 

"It's only a week or so ago that we were getting praise for being four games unbeaten. We got the wins against Burton and Birmingham, good points at Sheff Wednesday and Norwich. 

"It's about getting back to that form and picking those points up again, starting at Reading."

As a former Reading player, Angus feels pride in getting the opportunity to return there again as captain of a Championship club, and he also gave his honest opinion on his season so far.

"It's not been the start to the season for me personally that I'd have wanted. It wasn't the start I had last season. But I'm trying to get back to that good form I had last season, I'm working hard every day and listening to the Gaffer.

"I'm enjoying building a partnership with Liam Lindsay at the back. He's very similar to Robbo (Marc Roberts) really. The only difference really has been that I'm now playing on the right rather than the left. 

"I spent 10 years at Reading. So it's a proud time for me, going back there captaining this club after being released by them at 20-years-old. But I don't feel I have anything to prove to them there, I'm just interested in keeping another clean sheet down there and hopefully getting the three points."

You can see Angus' pre-match press conference in full over on iFollow.


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