Barnsley ratings: Angus MacDonald stupidity costs Reds in South Yorkshire derby loss to Sheffield United

Angus MacDonald was sent off for aiming a headbutt at Sheffield United's Leon Clarke (Photo: Sportsimage)
Angus MacDonald was sent off for aiming a headbutt at Sheffield United's Leon Clarke (Photo: Sportsimage)
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Barnsley suffered a 1-0 defeat in a fiery South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Chief football writer Richard Sutcliffe was present at the lunchtime kick-off and has rated the performances from the Barnsley squad. Share your thoughts on Twitter by including @YPSport in your tweet.

Davies 7 - Kept out Billy Sharp with a fine reflex save a few minutes before opening goal. Also did well to keep out Brooks and O’Connell after the break.

McCarthy 5 - Left exposed early on by Blades swift attacking down his flank. Booked and substituted at half-time.

Jackson 6 - Battled hard throughout. Was left with a difficult job on his hands after MacDonald's dismissal.

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MacDonald 5 - Great clearing header at back post to deny Chris Basham from an early corner but saw red three minutes before the break following a clash with Leon Clarke. Stupidly aimed a head-butt at the Blades man.

Pearson 6 - Had a few neat touches and kept going but struggled to make much headway. Booked.

J Williams 6 - Found life hard against a Blades midfield who always looked the more polished on the ball.

Hammill 6 - Needed to help out more defensively when McCarthy was being beaten too easily early on. Couple of attacking flashes in the second half but lacked usual quality.

Potts 6 - Headed decent chance over from a corner just after the hour mark. He also had shot blocked moments later.

Moncur 5 - Started the game brightly but soon faded, his final pass often failing to find its target. Substituted at half-time.

Hedges 6 - Kept going but but struggled to make much of an impact as the Blades defence stood firm.

Bradshaw 5 - Had to feed on scraps on an afternoon when Barnsley’s final ball just wasn’t good enough. Substituted.

Substitutes

Pinnock (for Moncur 46) 6 - Stuck doggedly to his task as part of a three-man defence, his anticipation helping prevent a couple of United breakaways.

Ugbo (for McCarthy 46) 6 - Should have laid off ball to a team-mate when found with back to goal in stoppage time but tried to shoot himself and was crowded out.

Thiam (for Bradshaw 79) 6 -Tricky feet almost created a late chance for Barnsley but the home defence got back.