Perseverance was the name of the game for striker Jamie Mackie last night as he capped a superb performance with a goal to help the U’s draw 2-2 with a strong looking Barnsley side
Mackie’s goal came when he chased a lost cause and bundled the ball past the keeper to give United a 2-0 lead
“Don’t ever give it up” he told iFollow after the game.” I have chased down those sort of things for 15 years now and probably only got one or two of them. But keep trying, don’t give up on lost causes, and always be an outlet for your side. That is part and parcel of being a forward, or a lone striker. It’s about the side, not one player, you all have to chase every ball, take those positives and look forward to the next game.”
United let a two goal advantage slip but picked up a point and Jamie was rightly proud of the way the whole team performed:
“I think we should all be proud of the way we played” he said. “Personally I think Barnsley are the best side in the league and so it was frustrating to get 2-0 up and then not to win the game. We were at home and think we should have won the match so there is an element of disappointment but that’s two tough games at home - Portsmouth and now last night- against sides who are both going to be right up there at the end of the season.
“At times like this you take the positives out of things not the negatives and we have taken four points from those games. Now we have to rally round again and go to Burton on Saturday and win away from home for once. And obviously we have to start trying to climb the table, so let’s take every positive we can out of that performance because there arent loads of games left any more and there were plenty of good things last night for us to build on at Burton.”
See the whole interview plus the thoughts of Karl Robinson and full highlights, all in iFollow.