Barnsley 1-0 Birmingham City: Daryl Dike strikes for Tykes’ seventh consecutive win
Daryl Dike smashed the game’s lone goal at Oakwell as Barnsley beat Birmingham City to claim a seventh consecutive league victory.
The American forward on loan animated a mediocre game with the only moment to remember after 49 minutes when he launched a 20-yard strike.
Carlton Morris fed him into space on the right and Orlando City’s January signing took the ball into the box before coming home with a right-footed shot past helpless goaltender Neil Etheridge in the corner upper right.
With only his fifth start, it was Dike’s third goal in four games and secured the Tykes a seventh consecutive victory in the first or second tier of English football for the first time in their history.
Barnsley’s fourth win in their last six meetings with Birmingham puts Valerian Ismael’s side above Bournemouth in sixth.
Since the Frenchman took over from Barnsley on October 27, only runaway leaders Norwich City (60) have won more league points than Barnsley (53 in 27 games).
For Aitor Karanka’s Blues, their 17th league loss of the season leaves them just three points ahead of safety with 11 games to go.
City entered the game after an encouraging seven-point streak in four games, but failed to register a single effort on target.
Barnsley, who has a game in hand against the majority of his rivals, has a chance to solidify his place in the top six when he hosts the Wayne Rooney Derby on Wednesday, while the Blues won’t be back until next Saturday, at home against Bristol. City.
Barnsley’s manager, Valérien Ismael: “In my 28 or 29 years in football, I had never seen a strike like this before. It was something incredible.
“We kept a clean sheet and we are in a brilliant position at the moment. The transfer window was important for us and now we are getting the reward. I am delighted that we made some good choices.
“This is what you can achieve when you believe it. Everyone has the same vision, and everyone is hungry. We will have a clear picture of the table right before the international break.”
Birmingham manager Aitor Karanka: “Again, we couldn’t score. They scored and we couldn’t score. It’s impossible to score a goal when we don’t shoot at the target.
“We had 90 minutes to shoot and we couldn’t shoot on target. I don’t know why. I encourage the players to shoot.
“When you lose a game something went wrong and as a coach I am responsible for the result. We are in this position because of the mistakes we make. We cannot blame anyone other than ourselves. -same. “
- 26SollbauerReplaced bySibbickat 71 ‘minutes
- 7BrittanyBooked at 90 minutes
- 21PalmerReplaced byHalmeat 58 ‘minutesBooked at 77 minutes
- 4fashionsReplaced byWilliamsat 45 ‘minutes
- 28FrieserReplaced byMorrisat 45 ‘minutes
- 9WoodrowReplaced byAdeboyejoat 88 ‘minutes
- 5FriendBooked at 33 minutesReplaced bySanchezat 69 ‘minutes
- 24HarpistBooked at 72 minutesReplaced byLekoat 84 ‘minutes
- tenJutkiewiczReplaced byBelaat 70 ‘minutes
- 9HoganReplaced byCosgroveat 84 ‘minutes
Match Ends, Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 0.
Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 0.
Failed attempt. Iván Sánchez (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Passed by Jérémie Bela from a center.
Callum Brittain (Barnsley) is shown a yellow card.
free kick won Carlton Morris (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City).
Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Leko tries a through ball, but Sam Cosgrove is caught offside.
Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Birmingham City).
Failed attempt. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed from over 35 yards misses to the right. Headed by Michal Helik.
Offside, Birmingham City. Jérémie Bela tries a through ball, but Jonathan Leko is caught offside.
Corner, Birmingham City. Licensed by Jordan Williams.
Substitution, Barnsley. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Cauley Woodrow.
Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).
Sam Cosgrove (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Cosgrove replaces Scott Hogan.
Substitution, Birmingham City. Jonathan Leko replaces Rekeem Harper.
Carlton Morris (Barnsley) fouls.
Free kick won Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.