All aboard the relegation bus! Next stop, League One!

In arguably the most important game of the season, a local derby with Wanderers’ survival on the line, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Trotters should have given it their all to grind out a result.

Instead the Whites were left trotting home with their tails firmly between their legs. The thumping 5-2 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic all but seals Bolton’s relegation.

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With eight games still to play, Wanderers find themselves eight points from safety. However, it’s taken Bolton 14 games to put their last eight points on the board. Hardly a promising sign.

When it rains, it pours

You can’t get a better metaphor for Bolton’s performance against Wigan than the truly atrocious weather seen on Saturday. When it rains, it absolutely pours for the Wanderers at the moment.

After a brief glimmer of hope was lit in last week’s win against Millwall, Wanderers have had the week from hell; both on and off the field. And it could be about to get a whole lot worse with a court date with HMRC on the table this week.

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In a game that saw the only moments of quality come from one side, Bolton simply collapsed. A series of errors and shoddy defending means Wanderers’ hopes of staving off relegation for a second year running are all but gone.

It’s a sorry way for Bolton’s survival hopes to peter out. But then Wanderers hardly deserve to stay up with the way they’ve played this season.

The only consolation for Bolton is that they might actually win some games in League One next season. That is, if the club hasn’t gone into liquidation by then.

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