Crystal Palace duo Stephen Dobbie and Alex Wynter both scored for their temporary clubs on Saturday in what was a weekend of mixed fortunes for our Loan Eagles.
Dobbie hit the target for the second week running for Blackpool as Wynter registered his first professional for Colchester United – but there were contrasting emotions for Peter Ramage and Jack Hunt, whose Barnsley side were condemned to relegation from the Championship.
The Tykes will play their football in League One next season after they were beaten 3-1 by Middlesbrough.
The Yorkshire outfit had to win their final two games of the campaign to have any chance of avoiding the drop, but defeat to Aitor Karanka’s men sealed their fate with a game to go.
Millwall, who have Palace midfielder Owen Garvan on loan, are now two points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a dramatic last gasp equaliser against Queens Park Rangers.
Irish midfielder Garvan played 65 minutes of the 1-1 draw at Loftus Road, which extended the Lions’ unbeaten run to seven games.
They welcome Bournemouth to The Den at the weekend knowing that they could potentially lose and still stay in the Championship, providing Doncaster don’t win away at champions Leicester City.
Dobbie meanwhile helped his Blackpool side scramble clear of danger, as his goal helped the Tangerines on their way to a surprise victory at play-off chasing Wigan Athletic.
The Scot’s low strike 20 minutes from time sealed a 2-0 victory, which opened up a three point gap between themselves and the bottom three, with a home game against Charlton Athletic to come. Only a freak set of results on the final day will now deny them a place in the Championship next season.
At the other end of the division, Jonny Williams played the full 90 minutes in Ipswich’s 1-0 loss against Burnley, which ended the Tractor Boys’ hopes of a play-off place.
One rung further down the ladder, in League One, defender Wynter impressed once again for Colchester, getting himself on the scoresheet in a 4-1 win over already promoted Brentford.
Wynter’s goal helped the Us take a commanding 3-0 lead within 41 minutes of the game, which in turn helped move three points clear of the relegation zone with a superior goal difference heading into the final day.
Into League Two, Kwesi Appiah played the full 90 minutes as AFC Wimbledon slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Morecambe, while elsewhere in the same division Lewis Price shipped three goals as Mansfield lost to bottom side Torquay 3-1.
In the Skrill Premier League, both Connor Dymond and Quade Taylor’s loan spells have now ended, with Dymond’s Barnet side finishing just outside the play-off places in eighth, while Taylor’s Welling finished the campaign 16th.
Over in Germany, Jose Campana’s Nuremburg are now six points from safety in the Bundesliga with just two games to go after they lost 2-0 to Mainz 05.
The best Campana and his teammates can now hope for is a relegation play-off place, which Hamburg currently occupy one point and one place ahead of them.