JAMIE McCart feels the ‘frustrating’ penalty for handball given against him on Saturday was ‘balanced out’ by Barnsley getting a rare Oakwell spot-kick in their midweek win.

The defender was judged to have handled in his box at his former club Leyton Orient at the weekend, in a 1-1 draw, before Shrewsbury were penalised for a similar incident on Tuesday to set the Reds on their way to a 3-0 home win.

McCart told the Chronicle: “It was frustrating on Saturday but sometimes it happens.

“The ref has to make a split-second decision. It balanced itself out in the next game.

“A few of the boys have said it has been a long time since we got a penalty then we were on the receiving end of it on Saturday.

“The penalty kick-started us (against Shrewsbury), and the play before it was excellent.”

McCart has been a regular in the Barnsley back three since signing on loan from Rotherham United at the end of the summer window.

“I have really loved my time here.

“You take for granted playing week in week out after dropping out of the team with Rotherham. I love it here. I am just trying to make a good impression on the manager and keep my place.”

McCart, Mael de Gevigney and Jordan Williams have impressed as a back three in recent weeks.

“It’s been really good. We’ve been missing Kacper (Lopata) who is a big loss but Mael has stepped up and been outstanding. The three of us have a really good partnership, and with others around us as well.”

The Reds have not conceded from open play in five games. McCart said: “We’re delighted. It’s a full team thing. Sometimes the defenders and goalkeepers get the credit but the boys in front work extremely hard. We just need the mindset to keep goals out and they will come at the other end.”

Barnsley now host third-bottom Fleetwood Town tomorrow. McCart said: “It will be another tough game, every one is in this league. But, if we go out with the same performance, hopefully we will pick up three points.”