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2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Gary Gardner (22')
  • Oliver McBurnie (90'+3')
  • Adam Le Fondre (82' PEN)
  • Craig Noone (85')

Oliver McBurnie grabs last-gasp equaliser for Barnsley against Bolton

Oliver McBurnie's last-gasp header earned Barnsley a point in a dramatic 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Bolton at Oakwell.
Gary Gardner opened the scoring in the first half before goals from Adam Le Fondre and Craig Noone looked to have won it for the Trotters in the final 10 minutes.
However, McBurnie popped up deep in stoppage time to score a header from point-blank range to salvage a point for the hosts.
The result meant Barnsley remained in 22nd spot in the Sky Bet Championship, but remained just one place and two points behind their opponents.
Barnsley found themselves in front on 22 minutes, Gardner pouncing to power a thunderous effort into the back of the net from a corner.
Ben Alnwick was unable to claim the ball into the box and McBurnie almost scored. He turned his man, only to see his shot blocked on the line. The follow-up was blocked again, but the loose ball was claimed by Gardner and he lashed home.
The Bolton defence were struggling to deal with corners and almost fell further behind from another. They failed to clear again on 39 minutes and allowed McBurnie to create an opening for himself, but he curled his shot wide after showing good close control.
Minutes before that, Bolton had their first meaningful attempt of the game, as Sammy Ameobi tricked his way past a defender but saw Adam Davies beat his shot away.
Bolton went close after the restart through David Wheater as his header was cleared off the line by Andy Yiadom.
In the run-up to the corner there had been strong appeals for a Trotters penalty. Yiadom was again at the centre of the action, with the Bolton players claiming he had handled the ball in blocking a shot from Ameobi.
Barnsley were then denied a penalty themselves, as Kieffer Moore was brought down inside the area but nothing was given.
Justice was perhaps served for Bolton on 79 minutes when they were awarded a spot-kick. Substitute Will Buckley tangled with George Moncur and Le Fondre despatched the resulting penalty to set up what would be a frantic closing period.
The visitors looked to have won it five minutes from time. Yiadom and Davies had a coming-together and, from a loose ball, Noone was able to find the net to send the travelling fans wild.
However, McBurnie popped up at the back post deep into stoppage time for Barnsley to head home from close range to make it 2-2 and leave both teams to contemplate what could have been as they left with a point apiece.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 West Bromwich Albion 28 +19 53
2 Leeds United 28 +19 52
3 Fulham 29 +12 49
4 Nottingham Forest 28 +11 48
5 Brentford 28 +23 47
6 Preston North End 29 +8 46
7 Swansea City 28 +3 45
8 Millwall 28 +4 44
9 Bristol City 28 +2 44
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 +8 42
11 Blackburn Rovers 28 +5 40
12 Hull City 28 +4 39
13 Cardiff City 28 -2 39
14 Queens Park Rangers 28 -5 38
15 Reading 28 +3 37
16 Derby County 28 -7 37
17 Middlesbrough 29 -7 35
18 Birmingham City 29 -11 34
19 Charlton Athletic 29 -4 30
20 Huddersfield Town 28 -13 29
21 Stoke City 28 -8 28
22 Barnsley 29 -19 24
23 Wigan Athletic 28 -18 23
24 Luton Town 28 -27 21