Bolton may not be performing as well as they can this season. But a huge factor in avoiding relegation is luck and that is something that has completely deserted Wanderers this campaign. It has been no more evident than in the decision to award Reading a penalty in last night’s relegation six-pointer.

I mean, just take a look at this…

How any referee, in their right mind, can give that as a penalty, I’ll never know. That has to be one of the worst refereeing decisions I think I’ve ever seen affect Bolton Wanderers.

Reading’s Gareth McCleary attempts a shot, completely misses the ball and flings himself to the floor without even the slightest touch from Pawel Olkowski behind.

The referee, Scott Duncan, should be ashamed looking back at that.

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Wanderers’ only consolation has to be the fact that they managed to salvage a point from the game, as losing to a contentious penalty such as that would have been unacceptable.

What do referees have against Bolton?

It’s not the only time Bolton have failed to get the rub of the green from referees this season.

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The local derby against Wigan is another example. In that game, the Trotters had a convincing handball penalty appeal waved away and conceded a penalty themselves for what was a perfectly good tackle from Jack Hobbs.

The problem had become so bad and so frequent that manager Phil Parkinson sent a video to the EFL earlier this season, showcasing the controversial decisions that have gone against Bolton this year.

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Clearly that hasn’t paid dividends for Parkinson’s side as they’ve fallen victim to another shoddy refereeing decision.

What do you make of the penalty?

Full highlights of the Reading game can be viewed below.

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