I'm almost too gutted to bring myself to write this article. What a fantastic effort one and all.
Some on Twitter may complain about Liam Feeney's lack of real quality or Liam Trotter's dozy marking of Raheem Sterling for the equaliser but this is a night to put any negativity to one side and say all the lads did Bolton Wanderers proud under the nation's gaze for the second time in ten days.
You could pick one of 3 or 4 players tonight as stand out performers, as in the first meeting with Liverpool.
Andy Lonergan didn't do a lot wrong and pulled off a fantastic save from Emre Can moments before the same player picked out Sterling who finally beat him when he failed to shut his legs in time.
Tim Ream won almost all his aerial battles and was a real calming presence at the back again. A certain Zach Clough showed flashes of brilliance again but blotted his copybook with a clear act of simulation to win our penalty. It may have gained us an almost match winning advantage but it will also tar him with an unwanted reputation, especially bearing in mind the high profile nature of the game.
Matt Mills adapted superbly to his surprise target man duties, winning endless flick on's and spraying one pass to Feeney that was Gerrard-esque.
Josh Vela was calm and mature throughout, using the ball intelligently, while David Wheater was an absolute rock all night and didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
But the man who just about edges it for me is Dorian Dervite.
The Frenchman was impeccable (apart from THAT shot!).
His last ditch tackle on Sterling at the start of the 2nd half was a thing of beauty, perfectly timed. He won his aerial duels and provided a calm head at all times. He shows real Premier League class at times and just needs to cut out his occasional dopey performance to become a real Bolton Wanderers hero. But tonight he was a hero in a gut wrenching defeat that was nearly 'White Hot: Revisited'.
Onwards to the IPro stadium and a meeting with Schteeve's Derby County and what should be a freshened up team with maybe Rochinha, Slavchev and Barry Bannan making their debuts.
Whites - pick yourself up and go again, you made us all proud to be Wanderers tonight!!!