Daryl Dike’s double against Wycombe at Adams Park took his tally to five goals in seven games for Barnsley

Rampant Barnsley made it nine wins in 10 matches as Valerien Ismael’s side stepped up their exciting Championship promotion bid with victory at bottom club Wycombe.

It took a soft, disputed Cauley Woodrow penalty to set them on their way in first-half injury time after home defender Ryan Tafazolli’s light tug on Barnsley defender Michal Helik.

But two superb second-half strikes from January deadline signing Daryl Dike – the first a bullet header, the second a first-time finish from eight yards – wrapped up the Tykes’ fifth successive away win.

The goals came either side of Barnsley skipper Alex Mowatt being red-carded on 73 minutes for a two-footed tackle.

But Barnsley made light of their one-man disadvantage with Dike’s second goal on 81 minutes.

Uche Ikpeazu finally got a consolation goal for Wycombe, who finished strongly, going close twice more in an ill-tempered climax.

Wycombe had won two of their past six league games, as many as in their previous 20 matches. But Barnsley are on their longest unbeaten run in the second tier or above since February 2002, now up to 12 games.

And it was always going to be a long way back after referee Darren Bond opted to give a penalty when Woodrow’s powerful header was blocked and Helik went down very easily as he tried to latch on to the rebound.

The penalty came two minutes into injury time – and home manager Gareth Ainsworth was still making his feelings known to the match officials as they disappeared down the tunnel.

Worse was to follow for Wycombe when Barnsley struck again four minutes after the restart when Mads Andersen nodded back across goal and Dike bustled in to power home a close-range header.

Hopes rose for the hosts when Mowatt was sent off for his challenge on Scott Kashket, but instead it was Barnsley who closed the door.

Callum Brittain’s beautifully delivered near-post right-wing cross saw Dike steer home his low right-foot shot.

Ikpeazu had the last word and there could have been more for the still spirited Buckinghamshire side. But, with just nine games left now to make up a 12-point gap to safety, prospects now look bleak for them.

Line-ups

Wycombe

Formation 4-2-3-1

26McCarthy12Knight6Tafazolli3Jacobson

19McCleary33Mehmeti17Horgan

  • 31Stockdale
  • 26McCarthy

    Substituted forSamuelat 82’minutes

  • 12KnightBooked at 90mins
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 90mins
  • 4Gape
  • 18Thompson
  • 19McCleary
  • 33Mehmeti

    Substituted forKashketat 53’minutes

  • 17Horgan

    Substituted forAkinfenwaat 80’minutes

  • 9Ikpeazu

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 2Grimmer
  • 5Stewart
  • 11Kashket
  • 15Muskwe
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 24Adeniran
  • 25Samuel

Barnsley

Formation 3-4-2-1

26Sollbauer30Helik6Andersen

7Brittain21Palmer27Mowatt4Styles

  • 40Collins
  • 26Sollbauer

    Substituted forSibbickat 63’minutesBooked at 90mins

  • 30Helik
  • 6Andersen
  • 7Brittain
  • 21Palmer

    Substituted forHalmeat 62’minutes

  • 27MowattBooked at 73mins
  • 4StylesBooked at 59mins

    Substituted forWilliamsat 70’minutes

  • 28Frieser

    Substituted forMorrisat 63’minutesBooked at 77mins

  • 9Woodrow

    Substituted forKaneat 75’minutes

  • 10Dike

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 2Williams
  • 8Kane
  • 11Chaplin
  • 14Morris
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 29Adeboyejo

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Barnsley 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Barnsley 3.

  3. Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Kashket with a through ball.

  4. Attempt missed. Alex Samuel (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

  5. Toby Peter Sibbick (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).

  7. Toby Peter Sibbick (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Josh Knight (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Daryl Dike (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Foul by Josh Knight (Wycombe Wanderers).

  12. Foul by Daryl Dike (Barnsley).

  13. David Stockdale (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 1, Barnsley 3. Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Alex Samuel replaces Jason McCarthy.

  16. Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 0, Barnsley 3. Daryl Dike (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum Brittain with a cross.

  17. Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Daryl Horgan.

  18. Hand ball by Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers).

  19. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Scott Kashket (Wycombe Wanderers).