Barnsley have been relegated from the Sky Bet Championship after falling to a 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Tykes’ exit from the second tier after a rollercoaster three-season stay was confirmed on Friday night, after first-half goals from Jordan Rhodes (4) and Harry Toffolo (45+1).
Second-half substitute Callum Styles halved the deficit in the final seconds of injury time, but though the finish was emphatic, it was little more than a consolation (90+7).
Poya Asbaghi’s men will join Derby – who were relegated after a 1-0 defeat to QPR on Easter Monday – in Sky Bet League One after their eighth relegation from the division in their history – the joint-most along with Bristol City and Grimsby.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, secured a play-off spot at the very least as a result, and moved back to within a point of second-placed Bournemouth, who face already-promoted Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
How Barnsley’s fate was sealed
With so much at stake for both teams, a fast start was imperative at the John Smith’s Stadium. But there was no immediate urgency from Barnsley and, before long, Huddersfield had seized the advantage when Rhodes headed in from close range after a corner from the right.
A late offside flag forced referee James Linington to discuss the decision with his assistant, with Rhodes converting from an offside position, but Tykes defender Mads Andersen managed an inadvertent flick before the striker made contact, which played him onside and the goal was swiftly awarded – confirming the first time he had scored in consecutive Championship games since August 2018.