Bolton ended the season with a seventh consecutive defeat as they went down 1-0 at Nottingham Forest.
The side wasn’t exactly decimated, despite some players still making themselves unavailable to play, but there were signs, with Jonathan Grounds getting a go in the centre of defence, Joe Pritchard starting in midfield, while Jack Earing, Ronan Darcy, Jake Turner and Chiori Johnson all being named on the bench. The first two of those four youngsters got on the pitch, with Darcy being referred to by the travelling fans as ‘number 49’ presumably as many of them didn’t know who he was. He did okay though, as did player of the year Gary O’Neil.
There would be no result, or no goal though. Joe Lolley, Forest’s player of the year, scored the decisive goal midway through the first half, and from there it was a case of it feeling like an end of season game. It was very much the case in the away end too, with inflatables and the like to try and make light of a horrid season, but there was still a banner having a pop at Ken Anderson, as well as accompanying songs, not just for him, but also the EFL.
Now we move onto HMRC away on Wednesday, before we start a new campaign in August. What position or state we’ll be in then is open to lots of debate for now…