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Bolton Relegated following a home defeat by Aston Villa.

Bolton have been relegated from the Championship following a home defeat by Aston Villa.

Second-half goals by Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham gave Villa a club record-equalling ninth straight win and sent Bolton into League One.

Wanderers are set to be sold to former Watford owner Laurence Bassini after a season of financial woes.

But they will begin next season in the third tier after a 14th defeat in 18 games.

 

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Bolton, who are 11 points behind fourth-bottom Millwall, are the second team to be relegated from the Championship after Ipswich.

They are heading to League One for the second time in the seven years since they fell out of the Premier League.

Speaking after the match, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson challenged his side to “come back stronger”.

The latest defeat was their fourth in a row with players still awaiting their March wages as Bassini waits to complete the takeover from current owner Ken Anderson.

Villa had the early chances with Anwar El Ghazi firing wide from a Grealish cross before John McGinn had an effort cleared off the line by Harry Brockbank.

Bolton then lost both captain David Wheater and veteran midfielder Gary O’Neil to injury before half-time.

Villa claimed the lead just two minutes into the second half when Abraham crossed to the far post for Grealish to head home.

Ten minutes later Grealish returned the favour, collecting a pass by McGinn and setting up Abraham to head home and become the first Villa player to score 25 league goals in a season since Andy Gray in 1976-77.

Ahead of Monday’s home game with Millwall, victory also equalled Villa’s club record of nine successive wins, set in 1910.

It leaves them in fifth, four points behind West Bromwich Albion and six points clear of seventh place in the race for play-off spots.

To compound Bolton’s misery, they set a new club record of 27 league defeats in a season.

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