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Bolton Forced to Relegation After EPL Tie with Stoke City

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Nigel Reo-Coker (L) and Sam Ricketts of Bolton Wanderers looks despondent during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers at Britannia Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMay 13, 2012

Bolton became the final of three teams to be relegated from the Premier League when they weren't able to defeat Stoke, finishing their season with a 2-2 draw on Sunday at the Britannia Stadium.

Bolton have been relegated after an 11 year stay in the Premier League. #SurvivalSunday

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 13, 2012

Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers will join Bolton in the Championship next season as the three relegated teams.

Queens Park Rangers weren't able to spoil Manchester City's title ambitions, but they will remain in the Premier League thanks to Bolton's 2-2 draw with Stoke City.

QPR lost 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium after allowing City to score two goals in stoppage time to win the league title for the first time since 1968.

The London club finished the campaign one point ahead of Bolton with 37 points, barely escaping relegation after being promoted this season.

After taking a 2-1 lead just before halftime, Bolton weren't able to hold onto their lead as they gave up a penalty kick that Jonathan Walters scored to tie the game. It also was Walters' second goal of the match.

After many scoring chances late in the match weren't capitalized on, Bolton's fate was sealed.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Bolton Wanderers fans look dejected as they are relegated during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers at Britannia Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Micha
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The Wanderers didn't score enough goals to earn enough positive results this season, and their defense was consistently poor. Bolton allowed 77 goals this year, third-most in the league.

Being relegated is probably the most awful feeling a footballer can have. Instead of going to places like Anfield and Old Trafford next season, Bolton will travel to Middlesbrough, Hull and Brighton.

Bolton will now have to work hard next season to earn their way back to the top flight.


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