Bolton's 11-year stay in the Premier League came to an end at the Britannia Stadium after they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Stoke.
Potters striker Jon Walters equalised from the penalty spot 13 minutes from time, and Bolton's agony was only deepened by the knowledge Manchester City's dramatic late victory over QPR meant a win here would have been enough.
It looked like things were going Bolton's way at the end of the first half when Mark Davies and Kevin Davies both scored fortuitous goals after Walters had given Stoke the lead in controversial circumstances, but it was not to be.
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