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MacDonald wants to reward Barnsley’s double the average away following at Newcastle

4 years ago

It is Newcastle v Barnsley on Sunday to round off the season.

Whilst Rafa Benitez’ side are hoping to beat Brighton to the title, the visitors have their own target to aim for.

If Villa lose to Brighton and Barnsley beat Newcastle (and Cardiff don’t win on Sunday), the South Yorkshire club will finish in the top half of the table.

Newly promoted, Barnsley had a very limited budget and relied largely on their six loan signings, including Adam Armstrong from Newcastle who will be watching from the stands on Sunday.

The Geordie striker won goal of the season for Barnsley, whilst Angus MacDonald lifted the Community Player of the Year award for his contribution to the local area.

MacDonald sums up the clever recruiting by Manager Paul Heckingbottom, brought in for nothing as he was out of contract at non-league Torquay and he has started 38 Championship matches.

The Barnsley defender wants to reward their ‘great fans’ who have supported them home and away this season.

A table published on Wednesday showed Barnsley to have taken an average of 1,459 fans away from home this season but they are bringing almost twice (2,789) that number to Newcastle. With no doubt many making a weekend of it.

Newcastle can complete another double win after having beaten Barnsley 2-0 back in October at Oakwell, a match that was a fourth win in a run eight consecutive victories that helped set up this promotion season.

Angus MacDonald speaking to The Star:

“The fans have been great this season.

“Home and away they have travelled well and really got behind the team.

“But the season is not quite done yet and we’re looking for three points for the fans at Newcastle.

“We’re looking to win as always and if we win we could finish in the top half.

“I was very proud to receive the award (Community Player of the Year award for his contributions to the local area) but it’s not about that, not for me.

“It’s always nice to give something back and I’m pleased to help out in the community.

“It’s always hard coming to a new area but I think I settled right in – the people have been great with me.”


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