Sunday 13 May 2012

QPR stay up as Bolton go down

Rangers survive despite dramatic defeat at Man City as Trotters only draw at Stoke

Bolton's Martin Petrov is disconsolate as their relegation from the top flight is confirmed

Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Queens Park Rangers will play in the Barclays Premier League next season despite an epic 3-2 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

Bolton Wanderers needed a win to overtake QPR and could only draw 2-2 at Stoke City. The Trotters go down after 11 years in the top flight.

As it stood at half-time, Bolton were safe having taken a 2-1 lead through a strike by Mark Davies and a freak goal by skipper Kevin Davies, while QPR were trailing 1-0 at Manchester City.

But in one of the most dramatic 45 minutes in Barclays Premier League history, Djibril Cisse scored an equaliser for QPR and though Joey Barton was sent off, Jamie Mackie headed Mark Hughes' side in front to put the Londoners on course for safety.

By the time Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored injury-time goals for Man City to beat QPR 3-2 and snatch the title, Jonathan Walters had already equalised for Stoke from the penalty spot to condemn Bolton to the drop.

Man City v QPR match information
Stoke v Bolton match information

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Key Points

  • QPR stay up as Bolton are relegated to Championship
  • Rangers lost 3-2 at Man City but survive by one point
  • Bolton only drew at Stoke, which was not enough