Barnsley re-established their five point lead over seventh placed Bournemouth in the race for the play-offs after a 3-1 win at struggling Wycombe Wanderers.
Daryl Dike’s brace followed up Cauley Woodrow’s first half penalty, with Uche Ikpeazu grabbing a late consolation for the hosts at Adams Park.
Valerian Ismael’s side, however, will have to make do without captain Alex Mowatt for the next three matches after he saw red for a poor challenge with Barnsley already 2-0 up.
And Ismael revealed the club would be appealing against the red card shown to Mowatt after a lunge on Scott Kashket in midfield.
“We scored the goals at the right moment, we were under control all the time and it was a great feeling,” said the Tykes boss after the game.
“The red card for us was never, ever a red card – the referee lost control and that’s why we have to appeal the decision. We will do because it is unjust what has happened to Alex.”
Barnsley went ahead at the end of the first half through Woodrow’s penalty, given after Ryan Tafazolli was judged to pull back Michal Helik.
Dike doubled the Tykes’ lead early in the second half when he nodded in Mads Andersen’s header from close range after Dominik Frieser’s cross, but Mowatt’s dismissal in the 73rd minute briefly raised Wycombe hopes.
But that was snuffed out by Dike’s second of the night nine minutes from time as he swept in Callum Brittain’s cross.
Wycombe did pull a goal back late on as Garath McCleary’s cross found its way to Ikpeazu at the back post and the striker finished well, but it was only a consolation for the hosts.