If you need a number to tell you just what a bad result that was at Molineaux, here it is: 5. That is the number of times Mick McCarthy has ever won a Premier League match.
It is getting hard to argue that Bolton don't deserve to be 19th. Are Bolton any better than Wolves, who beat Bolton to get Kevin Doyle this summer? Are they any better than Pompey, West Ham or Hull?
The Kevin Doyle thing is an important point too, because even thought they missed out on Doyle, some combination of Megson and Gartside still (unofficially) spent £10 million this summer. There is evidence out there that Bolton's financial situation is looking increasingly grim.
It's not easy when Jussi Jaaskelainen, Matty Taylor, Kevin Davies, Gary Cahill and Johan Elmander have all signed fairly fat contracts recently. It would certainly be acceptable if there was evidence that these core players are going keep the club up and hopefully take us forward, but that's looking less likely every week.
After the Man City game this week, Bolton play West Ham (H), Wigan (A), Burnley (A) and Hull City (H). By the time we get to January, we'll have a pretty clear view of where this team is going.
Meanwhile, Megson has to be hanging on by his fingertips. He can't keep blaming the players and pointing to isolated 20-minute chunks of pressure as evidence that this team is about to turn it around, can he? How late in the season and how far down the table is Phil Gartside going to leave the decision?