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27 December 2020

Following his match winning performance against Huddersfield Town, Michal Helik says the most important thing was Barnsley claiming all three points.

The Polish defender latched onto Mads Andersen’s flick on from Herbie Kane’s long throw deep into stoppage time to ensure the Reds made it four wins in five, consolidating their place in the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table in the process.

“It’s an incredible feeling for me, but I’m really happy that as a team we got three points and that’s the most important thing,” he said.

Helik had levelled the scores in bizarre circumstances shortly after the Terriers’ opener, with Naby Sarr’s clearance clattering off our Pole, ricocheting off the bar before bouncing over the line.

It was no less than the Reds’ bright start had deserved and the 25-year-old says he doesn’t care how they go in, just that they do.

“It was a weird goal,” laughed Helik. “The Huddersfield defender tried to kick it out and I came and blocked his kick and, in the end, the ball hit the crossbar and went over the line so it was lucky but it doesn’t matter how it goes in; it counts.”

However, despite making it nine wins from 14 under Valérien Ismaël, Helik believes his side still have work to do on the training ground to maintain this purple patch of form.

Barnsley haven’t kept a clean sheet since the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and have developed an unwanted habit of conceding early goals.

The Reds have shown excellent character to come from behind to win four times this month, but our defender wants to be watertight at the back.

“We showed a good answer after we conceded the goal,” he insisted. “It’s good character but we need to avoid these goals at the beginning of the game – it’s a topic for us and we need to focus on this.”

You can watch Michal’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.

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