BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Martin Petrov of Bolton Wanderers scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion at Reebok Stadium on May 6, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
We needed a win. We needed three points. We looked like doing it too until the 75th minute when Bolton Wanderers were absolutely undone. A draw would have been OK if Stoke managed to pick up the slack and beat QPR at Loftus road but that wasn't in the cards. Rangers won 1-0 at the death and in a matter of seconds, Bolton went from looking like stay up to damn near going down.
It all started so well for Bolton Wanderers when Mark Davies was brought down in the West Bromwich Albion box on 24 minutes. Martin Petrov stood over the ball on the spot and powered it home to the bottom left corner of the net. Ben Foster dove the right way and even got a hand on it but Petrov's take was just too good.
Bolton doubled the advantage in the second half thanks to an own goal by West Brom's Billy Jones. Two-nil up with 18 minutes to play. What could possible go wrong?
Chris Brunt pulled one back for West Bromwich Albion in the 75th minute after the Bolton defense (like so many times before) failed to clear. The ball broke very kindly for Brunt in the center of the 18 yard box, just off of the penalty spot. He easily slotted home with his left foot to leave Bolton fans biting what little fingernails they have left.
Then it all went to hell.
In the 88th minute, Djibril Cisse got on the end of a nodded down corner to see QPR beat Stoke right at the death. In the 90th minute, substitute Simon Cox found a lot of space in the Bolton box and cannoned a close range shot into the back of the Bolton net.
Bolton could and should have been at least two points above Queens Park Rangers at the end of the day, instead, we're two points back. Bolton need a win against Stoke City at the Brittania on the final day of the season next weekend. If that happens and Manchester City beat Queens Park Rangers (effectively winning the title for themselves), Bolton are safe.
If that doesn't happen, Bolton will be in the Championship next year, rebuilding. We hope you'll join us in cheering on the Men in White either way.