Loan watch

12th February 2018

Oli McBurnie marked his maiden Championship start by scoring his first goal in the second tier for Barnsley this weekend.

McBurnie joined the Tykes on loan for the rest of the season just before the January transfer deadline.

And the striker needed only 21 minutes to make his mark in Barnsley’s local derby against Sheffield Wednesday as he scored a fine individual goal to earn his team a 1-1 draw.

"Oli has been outstanding all week in training, he's a real livewire and he's fresh to the club,” said Barnsley’s caretaker head coach Paul Harsley.

“We knew that he'd be able to link play and draw out their five at the back, and he did that superbly.”

In League One, Jay Fulton did not make it off the bench as leaders Wigan suffered a 3-1 defeat at Southend United.

But there was better news for Matt Grimes, who was on target for Northampton in their 3-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon.

The midfielder netted an early penalty to set Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team on the road to victory.

Joe Rodon had a home debut to remember for Cheltenham as they thumped Port Vale 5-1 at Whaddon Road.

Rodon played the full 90 minutes of the Robins’ thumping victory.

Elsewhere in League Two, Adam King did not make it off the bench for Mansfield in their 1-0 loss against play-off rivals Swindon.

In Spain, Roque Mesa also had to settle for a place among the substitutes as Sevilla beat Girona 1-0, while Jefferson Montero (Getafe) and Borja (Malaga) were not involved in their clubs’ fixtures.

Jordi Amat’s Real Betis face Deportivo La Coruna tonight.

In Scotland, Ryan Blair was an unused sub in Falkirk’s cup victory over Cove Rangers.

In the Welsh Premier League, young keeper Lewis Thomas played for Carmarthen Town in their 3-2 victory over Newtown.