After three straight league wins, Bolton Wanderers were brought back down to earth in emphatic style on Saturday afternoon, as they were thrashed 7-1 away at local rivals Accrington Stanley.
Things had started brightly for Bolton, with Daryl Murphy putting Wanderers ahead inside five minutes, but things would take a turn for the worse with less than a quarter of an hour played, when Preston North End loanee Josh Earl was sent off for bringing down Dion Charles inside the area.
Colby Bishop dispatched the resulting penalty to level the scores, before heading Stanley into the lead ten minutes later.
John Coleman’s side would then proceed to run riot, with Sean McConville and Offrande Zaznala both also netting braces, with Dion Charles also getting himself on the scoresheet.
The result means Bolton remain on just a single point at the foot of League One following their points deduction at the start of the season, with Keith Hill’s side 15 adrift of safety.
Taking to Twitter after the game, plenty of Bolton fans appeared unimpressed with the decision to send Earl off, but were also far from happy with the all-round performance of their side regardless of that early dismissal.
Here, we take a look at what some of those fans had to say.
7-1 to Accrington Stanley is a new low…. God it's hard being a Bolton fan #BWFC
— Mr Gillard (@HowardGillard) November 23, 2019
If Hill has any sense he would call out all the players that let us down and apologise
— Joel Aspinall (@Wheevers101) November 23, 2019
Just shows that refusing the play the Donny game didnt affect competition as even our senior squad now can get pumped
— Skh93 (@simonbwfc93) November 23, 2019
That was pathetic.
— 🥳Pertanga😊 (@Pertanga) November 23, 2019
Well that's embarrassing
— Janice (@timeywimey5tuff) November 23, 2019
Unacceptable, dont care about us being at a disadvantage, this is poor
— Michael Hennefer (@michaelbwfc92) November 23, 2019
Think that wins most embarrassing result of my many years as a fan all the way back to the early 60s 🙁
— Peter Coglan (@valderee53) November 23, 2019
The red should be appealed but that doesn't disguise the performance, I'm pretty certain that 1 defender can't single handedly carry our defence, major signings needed for depth and quality in January
— Josh Bourn (@JJBourn10) November 23, 2019
Embarrassing no excuses
— Ray Sproston (@RaySproston) November 23, 2019
And forgotten it will be. Go back to August when we thought all season was going to be like this. We actually have wins under our belts. Never a red or a penalty but these things happen
— Ian Massey (@ianmassey76) November 23, 2019