Warm Down: Barnsley take huge victory in the race for the play-offs
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An overhead kick from USA international Daryl Dike was enough to earn Barnsley a crucial victory over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday evening in West Yorkshire, significantly strengthening their play-off chances as the Championship season edges closer to its climax.

The Tykes did enough to edge past Huddersfield in what was a crucial three points after their defeat at mid-table Coventry City on Sunday. Here are some reflections from Wednesday's encounter between Huddersfield Town and Barnsley.

Barnsley take crucial victory in the play-off fight

The surprise package of the season, Barnsley earned one of their biggest wins of the season on Wednesday to complete a league double over Huddersfield Town and return to winning ways after a below-par performance in defeat to Coventry just a few days earlier.

On Wednesday, Reds manager Valerien Ismael needed a response from his players and he got one, with Barnsley taking control of the game against a Huddersfield side who didn't look too bad themselves.

With Huddersfield Town all but securing their Championship status with a vital victory over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, it wasn't the best time for the Tykes to face Carlos Corberan's side who were also boosted by the return of star player Josh Koroma to the starting eleven after a long-term injury. But ultimately Barnsley dug deep and took a crucial victory which sees them hold a six point cushion over Reading who occupy seventh place.

Daryl Dike back to his best

After a poor display at the weekend perhaps for the first time since his highly anticipated arrival in England, questions were being asked of USA international Daryl Dike, but he answered them with an impressive display off the bench on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old was called into action just before the half time break in the encounter to replace the injured Dominik Frieser and showed all his qualities on the evening.

In the 65th minute, the striker scored the goal that would ultimately win Barnsley the game and with Reading dropping points at the hands of Luton Town, you could argue this was one of the most important goals for the Tykes so far this campaign.

Carel Eiting return a boost for Huddersfield

On a night where Huddersfield were second best, one of few positives to take out of the encounter will be the return to action for Carel Eiting, with the midfielder on loan from Dutch giants Ajax looking lively in his brief cameo on his return to the team.

The 23-year-old has made a miraculous recovery for Huddersfield after it was initially thought he'd be injured for the rest of the season after he picked up a serious knee injury back in January.

Coming on in the 77th minute, the Dutchman showed what Huddersfield have been missing in his absence with some impressive passes which threatened to unlock the Barnsley defence late on. In spite of his injury problems, Huddersfield Town will surely make a permanent swoop for Eiting over the summer who proved how much they've missed him since his injury at the start of the year.