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The two chances were late and either conversion would have secured an ill-deserved victory, but they were nevertheless there.

With 10 minutes remaining, David N’Gog was released by Ivan Klasnic, but the Frenchman’s hesitation in the one corner of the ground where the sun briefly shone – just in that space, at that moment, it was chilled Sauvignon weather – allowed a more grounded Swansea defence to snuff out the space.

Soon, a shot from Chris Eagles had Michel Vorm beaten but instead bobbled wide. With that, Bolton passed on an opening to ease their relegation worries.

Despite the scoreline, the contrast in performances was stark. Swansea were free spirited and merited a win – knowing a point would virtually secure another year of Premier League football. Meanwhile, a crippling mixture of nerves and brittle confidence served for an uncomfortable afternoon for the hosts.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle was frustrated by his side’s display, but emphasised that their destiny is yet to be decided.

“It could be a very valuable point because we still decide what will happen to Bolton Wanderers,” he insisted. “I’m still very confident.”

The tension at the Reebok was illustrated early on when Bolton were slow to react to a pass from Joe Allen out towards Swansea’s left. Scott Sinclair, the recipient, darted and kept on running. Gretar Steinsson was helpless to prevent the incursion, other defenders backed off and Sinclair curled a shot high into the corner beyond Adam Bogdan.

Swansea sensed more goals and attacked with abandon. Yet Angel Rangel – one of the most enterprising right-backs in the Premier League this season – strayed from his position, allowing Martin Petrov to cross with his left foot. Eagles stumbled towards its path but with the same foot still managed to steer in an equaliser.

It did not ease Bolton, however. Aside from a Petrov free-kick that tested Vorm, their most threatening moments came whenever Steinsson was given the opportunity to hurl towards Kevin Davies from a throw-in.

In the second half the visitors’ impressive Gylfi Sigurdsson fed that man in front of him, Danny Graham, only for Bogdan to save again with his feet.

Seconds later, the Icelander connected with a Rangel cross that surely would have resulted in a goal had it not been for a block by Tim Ream. Graham later hit the crossbar.

Brendan Rogers, the Swansea manager, gave credit to Bolton’s resolve. “Bolton have gone through a lot over the last couple of months and another team might have folded today with the pressure we’ve put them under.”

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