Loan Round-Up: Robinson Plays Part In Bolton Escape

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.

Ademola Lookman, 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.

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