Barnsley edged to a narrow victory against Huddersfield Town to bolster their hopes of a Championship play-off spot.
Cauley Woodrow’s wayward shot and a succession of Alex Mowatt chances were the closest either side came to opening the scoring in the first half.
Daryl Dike put Barnsley ahead with an overhead kick when Huddersfield failed to clear Carlton Morris’ low deflected cross into the box.
Barnsley almost added a second when Morris’ header was cleared off the line by Naby Sarr and Michal Helik hit the bar straight after.
The win, combined with seventh-placed Reading’s goalless draw at Luton, put Barnsley six points clear in the play-off places in sixth spot with three games remaining.
Huddersfield have now won just once in their past seven matches and are eight points off the relegation places, but third-bottom Rotherham have two games in hand on the Terriers.
The visitors sent talismanic striker Dike on from the bench after the break and he gave the visitors the lead in audacious fashion when he was given the time to find the net with an acrobatic finish.
The American, on loan from MLS side Orlando City, has now scored nine goals for the club with this his most important yet as they stand on the brink of a top-six spot.
Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds:
“We knew how important it would be today to get the three points. We knew today that to compete we needed a lot of fight mentality, and a brave mentality.
“The game was for me equal in the first half, but in the first minutes of the second half they were better than us. They statred to play more balls in our half and we had problems in making our transition.
“The game was too open in some moments and they used one of those fast transitions to score the goal and that made them more comfortable in defending the result.
“In the last minutes the team reacted in a way they have to react, we tried to play better, we started to play more close to their goal with some options, but in the end we couldn’t get the result that we wanted to.”
Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“It’s a great feeling, especially the performance from the guys – it was exactly what we wanted to see after the Coventry game.
“We had to start strong and finish strong because this is us, and we saw a great Barnsley performance tonight.
“We have to score more goals maybe, we dominate the party, but we didn’t concede a big chance, we controlled the situation and the guys gave us everything today.
“Luton play 0-0 against Reading and it’s a great feeling to have two more points on the table now, but we focus on the next game. It will be a tough game against Rotherham. It may be their last chance against us to rescue (their Championship status) so it will be a big fight.”
- 35Edmonds-GreenSubstituted forThomasat 69′minutes
- 6HoggBooked at 21mins
- 29RoweSubstituted forHighat 58′minutes
- 7BacunaSubstituted forEitingat 77′minutes
- 9HolmesSubstituted forAaronsat 77′minutes
- 19KoromaSubstituted forWardat 69′minutes
- 44Castro Pereira
- 6AndersenBooked at 59mins
- 21PalmerSubstituted forWilliamsat 78′minutes
- 28FrieserSubstituted forDikeat 45+2′minutes
- 14MorrisBooked at 85mins
Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Barnsley 1.
Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Barnsley 1.
Richard Keogh (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Callum Styles (Barnsley).
Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg tries a through ball, but Rolando Aarons is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Daryl Dike (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Callum Brittain.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Sollbauer.
Carlton Morris (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).
Yaya Sanogo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Sollbauer.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carel Eiting.
Attempt blocked. Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Naby Sarr.
Attempt blocked. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Styles.
Attempt missed. Callum Styles (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.
Attempt saved. Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Barnsley. Jordan Williams replaces Romal Palmer.
Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Rolando Aarons replaces Duane Holmes.