OLI MCBURNIE headed home a 93rd-minute equaliser to salvage Barnsley a potentially crucial 2-2 draw at home to Championship relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers who fought back to lead 2-1 after trailing 1-0 at the break.
McBurnie caused Bolton havoc throughout and the 21-year-old saw two efforts cleared off the line before the ball found its way to Gary Gardner who hammered home a high shot into the top left corner to give the Tykes a 22nd-minute lead.
Bolton then pushed hard for an equaliser after the break but Tykes defender Andy Yiadom cleared a David Wheater off the line with both sides also denied what appeared strong claims for penalties.
But referee Michael Jones pointed to the spot in the 79th minute after Barnsley’s George Moncur had tangled with Will Buckley and Adam Le Fondre stepped up to hammer home his spot kick with eight minutes to go.
Things went from bad to worse for Barnsley just three minutes later when a quick counter led to the ball being squared for Craig Noone who lashed home his shot in front of an ecstatic away end.
But the Tykes would not be denied a share of the spoils and it was McBurnie who bagged the leveller when rising first to head home Kieffer Moore’s corner in the 93rd minute.
Barnsley: Davies, Yiadom, Jackson (Pinnock 45), Lindsay, Fryers (Mahoney 86), Potts (Bradshaw 71), Gardner, Moncur, Hammill, Moore, McBurnie. Unused Substitutes: Walton, Isgrove, Cavare, Hedges.
Bolton: Alnwick,Little (Noone 71), Beevers, Le Fondre, Ameobi, Robinson, Pratley, Morais (Dervite 90), Henry, Wheater, Burke (Buckley 45). Unused Substitutes: Howard, Taylor, Vela, Wilbraham.
Referee: Michael Jones