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Josh Magennis and Bolton relegated to League One after loss to Aston Villa

Bolton have been relegated to League One (Tim Goode/PA)
Bolton have been relegated to League One (Tim Goode/PA)

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis has been relegated to League One with club Bolton Wanderers following their loss to Aston Villa.

Sitting bottom of the Championship, the Wanderers were relegated after a 2-0 defeat at home to Villa, who got their goals through Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham to record a ninth straight victory.

It's the second time Bolton have been relegated in four seasons and it happened in front of new owner Laurence Bassini, who was watching the team for the first time.

Jack Grealish's sixth goal of the campaign followed by Tammy Abraham's 24th gave Dean Smith's in-form side a 2-0 win to match an achievement previously established in 1910.

Villa had the best chances in the first half but were not at their most clinical and were still deadlocked at the break, but they were much better in the second period and took the lead within 90 seconds of the re-start.

Abraham produced a brilliant cross from the Villa right and Grealish ran into the area unmarked to head home from close range.

Villa got the second goal their superiority deserved after 57 minutes as Grealish looked to have run up a blind alley but he managed to flick the ball back into the path of Abraham who bravely bundled it over the line.

When Wanderers did stem the tide Joe Williams fired wide from 20 yards but relegation was soon confirmed three games before the end of the season.

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