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30th April 2018
First team

Oli McBurnie’s impressive stint in the Championship continued this weekend as he enjoyed a double celebration at Barnsley.

The striker netted his ninth goal in just 16 appearances for the Tykes, heading home at a corner to secure a priceless 2-0 win over Brentford at Oakwell.

McBurnie was mobbed by fans at the end of the game having established himself as a firm favourite in just half a season as a Barnsley player.

The Brentford victory lifted Barnsley out of the Championship relegation zone, although they may still need a win at Derby on the final day to avoid the drop.

In Spain, two Swans could come up against each other tonight when Jordi Amat’s Real Betis face Borja’s Malaga in La Liga.

Roque Mesa did not feature for Sevilla over the weekend.

In League One, Jay Fulton played no part for top-of-the-table Wigan as they drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon.

At the other end of the table, Matt Grimes made his 43rd league appearance for Northampton Town as they suffered a costly last-gasp defeat at Walsall.

The 1-0 loss means that barring an unlikely goal difference swing on the final day, the Cobblers will be relegated to League Two.

Mansfield are looking to move in the opposite direction, and they kept their hopes of snatching a play-off place alive thanks to a 3-2 win at Yeovil, with Adam King featuring as a late substitute at Huish Park.

Elsewhere in the fourth tier, Joe Rodon’s Cheltenham endured a difficult afternoon as they were beaten 6-1 by Coventry City. Swans youngster Rodon played 45 minutes of the game, while Tyler Reid was an unused substitute in Newport’s 2-1 win over Cambridge.

North of the border, there was a memorable moment for Ryan Blair as he came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in Falkirk’s victory over St Mirren.

It was Blair’s first senior goal, and meant he ended his loan spell at Falkirk on a high note.