Saturday was a relief for Newcastle loan striker Ivan Toney.
Making his fifth League One appearance for Barnsley, the forward managed his first league goal for his loan club and had a hand in the other two goals in a 3-2 win at Colchester (watch the goals HERE).
Ivan Toney said afterwards ‘As a striker you are judged on goals…I’m not happy unless I score’, that goal which proved the winner against Colchester was his second in two games, having scored one of the goals that helped Barnsley through to the Northern Area Final of the Johnstone Paints Trophy, putting the club only one step away from a Wembley final against the Southern winners.
Despite Barnsley struggling – Saturday’s win lifted them from rock bottom to fourth from bottom – Ivan Toney is enjoying life at Barnsley and says ‘first team football is what it’s about, everyone wants to be playing regularly’.
Hopefully he can now follow Adam Armstrong’s lead and kick on at his loan club, after recently having his stay extended until the new year.
Ivan Toney speaking to the Sheffield Star:
“It’s not been a good season for the boys but recently we have managed to pick up a few results and have climbed up the table
“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.
“As a striker you get judged on goals and the first few games I wasn’t scoring them, I’m not happy unless I score so it has 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.”