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FIFA will make a decision after the completion of the European Championships this summer but here be another example that favours the advent of goal-line technology.

This was a moment that could be the difference between being swallowed by the relegation plug-hole and Premier League survival.

QPR captain Joey Barton, ever the provocateur, teased Bolton supporters as he prepared to take a corner by moving the ball in and out of the quadrant following the intervention of Martin Atkinson.

The midfielder chuckled to himself at the chagrin around him; and even the referee afforded a smirk. Yet within seconds, the whole disposition had altered.

From the Liverpudlian’s kick, Clint Hill jabbed his head, steering the ball clearly over the goal-line.

Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan did his best to react, clawing back up onto the bar.

Some QPR players raised their hands in celebration. It would have given them a 19th minute lead.

But both Atkinson and his assistant Bob Pollock missed it and play was waved on. Soon, Bolton were ahead instead through Darren Pratley.

Maybe Bolton are due some fortune. After all, it was they in 1997 during the inaugural competitive game at the Reebok Stadium, who eventually suffered after Gerry Taggart’s header appeared to cross the line at the same end of the ground before being cleared by Everton full-back Terry Phelan.

At the climax of that season, Everton’s superior goal difference saved them from the drop at the expense of Bolton.

Mark Hughes, the QPR manager, entered Atkinson’s referee’s room at the half-time interval to remonstrate.

He appreciates the magnitude of such a decision. Yet can the officials really be blamed? It all happened so quickly. They do not have the benefit of the cameras.

The flashpoint came at a time when the visitors’ were on top. Bobby Zamora had already thumped the cross-bar with a half-volley from Djibril Cisse’s adroit pass.

The pair were on the same wavelength throughout. Yet it was Bolton, seemingly without a penetrating attacking threat that went in front when Tim Ream’s cross found Pratley all alone following a lapse in concentration from left back Armand Traore.

Through Cisse, QPR managed an equaliser. There was controversy again as the former Liverpool and Sunderland striker was offside when the ball left the feet of Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Again, the assistant referee – this time, Jake Collin – missed it, thus levelling the tally of fortuitous decisions for both sides.

QPR might have had a point. But that was countered when Rio Myaichi, the Japanese on loan from Arsenal, and the most vibrant player on the pitch, fed Ivan Klasnic for the winner.

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