Relegation came with a bitter taste for Owen Coyle as Bolton's 11-year stay in the Barclays Premier League came to an end following a 2-2 draw at Stoke.
Things were going Bolton's way at half-time, with goals from Mark Davies and Kevin Davies cancelling out an opener from Jon Walters. But the latter equalised from the penalty spot, while Manchester City's dramatic turnaround against QPR meant Bolton's fate was only back in their own hands when the final whistle had blown.
Coyle reserved much of his anger for referee Chris Foy, who allowed Walters' 13th-minute opener to stand despite the striker appearing to head the ball out of Adam Bogdan's hands, and the Bolton boss also felt the goalkeeper should not have been penalised for felling Crouch to concede the penalty 13 minutes from time. He said: "It's hard to take."
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