How good was Daryl Dike
's screamer for Barnsley in its 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.
"In my 28 or 29 years in football," said the Tykes' French manager, Valerien Ismael
, "I have never seen a strike like that before. It was something unbelievable."
Dike scored his third goal for Barnsley since signing on loan from Orlando City with a curling blast to the near post that gave Birmingham keeper Neil Etheridge
How big was the goal? It gave Barnsley a 1-0 win to preserve its record winning streak. The Tykes have won seven games in a row -- the most in the English second-tier in 100 years -- and moved into the English League Championship's top six. Daryl Dike:
Univ. of Virginia (5 goals in 13 games) 2019:
Univ. of Virginia (10 goals in 23 games) 2020:
Orlando City (8 goals in 17 games) 2021:
Barnsley (3 goals in 7 games)
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"We've kept a clean sheet and we are in a brilliant position at the moment," added Ismael. "The transfer window was important for us and now we are getting the reward. I am delighted that we made some great choices."
Barnsley has won all seven games since the 20-year-old Dike arrived from MLS. He signed on Feb. 1, a day after debuting for the USA in its 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago. The cap was sufficient for him to obtain a British work visa.
"This is what you can achieve when you believe," added Ismael. "Everyone has the same vision, and everyone is hungry. We will have a clear picture of the table just before the international break."