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Bolton Wanderers (officially) beat the drop

"I got this." - Dougie Freedman
"I got this." - Dougie Freedman
Charlie Crowhurst

Old habits die hard for some Bolton fans. While others are looking up, some still check behind their backs

Bolton Wanderers traveled to Ashton Gate to take on (and beat) Bristol City. It was a nervy affair for the Whites but cool Craig Davies was calm from the spot and it was his late goal that earned Bolton (what will hopefully, when all is said and done, be) a massive three points.

While all the buzz after the final whistle surrounded the fact that Bolton Wanderers sat in the playoff places (on goal difference), a brief moment of levity will have fans realize that mathematically, the Trotters can not be relegated this season.

For so much of this season, Bolton Wanderers languished in the bottom third of the Championship table. That, combined with the sheer unpredictability of the division, meant that Bolton (like Blackburn and Wolves) could have been forced into a relegation fight at just about any point.

The supporters won't soon forget Bolton's league in mid-February. Prior to the Burnley match at home (when Bolton started the run that takes us to where we are now), Bolton sat in 20th place on 34 points. 13 games and 29 points later, the Trotters are 6th.

After this weekend's Bristol City match, there are four fixtures left to play in the season. There are 12 points to play for and Bolton Wanderers are 14 clear of the drop zone. Thus, it is impossible for Bolton to be relegated. Sometimes, it's the little things. Now, onto the playoffs and promotion. Come on you White Men!