AN EXHILARATING final night of the Championship season was embodied by Clinton Morrison as he fell off-screen while reporting on Barnsley’s huge late goal.
The Yorkshire side were one of many involved in some very late drama on Wednesday evening.
Needing a win over promotion-chasing Brentford to have a chance of leapfrogging Wigan in the final survival spot, pending the Latics’ administration points deduction appeal, they duly delivered.
Clarke Oduor popped up at the far-post in the 91st minute to secure a mega three points for Barnsley.
And as they mobbed the goalscorer in an empty Griffin Park, former striker Morrison was following the game for Sky Sports’ Soccer Special.
Host Jeff Stelling gave a trademark cry at the sight of a major goal and threw to Morrison to explain.
Seeming to embody the mayhem, the 41-year-old’s microphone had fallen out and he dived out of shot before confirming the goal.
Morrison called out: “Yeah the thing’s come out Jeff!”
“It’s come out… but yeah Barnsley have scored, Jeff!”
Morrison’s hilarious gaffe was the latest of a Soccer Special’s unique way of reporting on the action with comical errors something of a tradition.
But while Barnsley fans were jumping around their living rooms, Brentford supporters were left ruing a missed opportunity.
A winner of their own would have guaranteed automatic promotion to the Premier League on a night when all three contenders, including Fulham and West Brom, dropped points.
By contrast, Barnsley and Luton both won to avoid the drop with Wigan relegated after a draw with Fulham, ahead of the confirmation of their punishment for administration.
Topping the madness off, Swansea reached the play-offs by beating Reading 4-1, achieving a six-goal swing to nudge past Nottingham Forest after they lost to Stoke by the same scoreline.