Antonee Robinson was involved in an astonishing climax to the Championship season as the left-back’s loan club Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop in dramatic style.
Phil Parkinson’s team looked destined for an immediate return to League One when they trailed Nottingham Forest 2-1 with four minutes to play at the Macron Stadium.
Even after centre-back David Wheater – thrown up front as Bolton entered the last-chance saloon – prodded in to make it 2-2, Barnsley were poised to survive by virtue of their superior goal difference.
But veteran striker Aaron Wilbraham headed in a cross from Adam Le Fondre to complete a remarkable turnaround and condemn Barnsley and Burton Albion to join already relegated Sunderland in spending next season in the third tier.
Robinson played 30 league matches for Bolton during a personally excellent campaign which saw the 20-year-old rewarded for his stellar form with a call-up to the USA international squad back in March.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Muhamed Besic
delivered an accomplished display as Middlesbrough struck deep into stoppage-time to salvage a 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town. Besic’s fellow Everton loanee Callum Connolly played 77 minutes of the match at Portman Road, the versatile 20-year-old’s 34th Championship outing of the campaign.
Boro’s point lifted them a place to fifth and set up a mouth-watering play-off semi-final against Aston Villa. Midfielder Besic’s loan team will host Villa in the first-leg at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Toffees defender Matthew Pennington
completed his season-long stay at Leeds United by featuring for the second 45 minutes of the Yorkshire side’s 2-0 home success over Queens Park Rangers.
On the continent, Sandro Ramirez
earned man-of-the-match honours for his tenacious performance as Sevilla launched caretaker boss Joaquin Caparaoss’ reign by beating Real Sociedad 1-0.
Striker Ramirez was fouled for the penalty which was converted by Argentine midfielder Ever Banega to keep Sevilla in the hunt for Europa League qualification.
, meanwhile, was on target for RB Leipzig in Germany’s Bundesliga.
The 20-year-old Everton winger, who is spending the second half of the campaign on loan at the Red Bull Arena, struck a double in Leipzig’s 4-1 victory over relegation-threatened Wolfsburg and has now hit four goals in 10 appearances for his temporary employers.