MICHAL Helik admits his match-winning brace against Huddersfield Town was easily his highlight as a Barnsley player so far.

The 25-year-old Polish centre-back scored both goals including a 94th-minute winner as the Reds came from behind to win the Yorkshire derby on Boxing Day. 

Helik said: “Since I came it was the best feeling but in the end it is just three points.

“One season I think I scored eight goals in the Polish League and last season I also scored two goals in the semi-final of the Polish Cup against Legia Warsaw. 

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“I am happy my goals can help Barnsley get points.

“My family and my fiancée were watching the game from home. Unfortunately they can’t be here in the stadium and nor can the fans. It is tough to play with empty stands but health is more important.”

Helik admits the Reds would prefer not to have to come from behind to win as they did on Saturday for the fourth time this month. 

“We showed a good answer but I think we need to avoid the early goals that we lose. 

“That is a topic for us.

“It is really important that we are making points and we show good answers to these goals because it is not easy when every game you lose the first goal. We need to say it is enough now and we stop losing these goals.

“The set pieces are also very important and we speak about them a lot in the dressing room. We need to work, especially in the defence, to not lose goals so often from set pieces.”

Helik was signed when Gerhard Struber was head coach but the Austrian has since been replaced by Valerien Ismael who has moved Barnsley into the Championship’s top ten. 

“We take good results. The results are talking for me, I don’t need to speak about the gaffer. 

“I have a good relationship with the coach and so do all the players. Everything is on a good way. We will keep working and try to improve ourselves as players and a team, and try to reach bigger goals. 

“We don’t look at the league table. We just take every training session and every game.”

Helik had never played in Christmas week before while Barnsley played eight games this month. 

“It is a different feeling for me to play on December like this and on Boxing Day, but I like it because I am a football player. I enjoyed the number of games in December, I like to play every third day.”