Bolton boss Phil Parkinson says they weren't able to respond to the energy Sheffield Wednesday brought with them to the University Of Bolton Stadium.
Following their win over Millwall at the weekend it was hoped the club were turning a corner especially as off the field issues appear to be reaching a conclusion.
Players and coaching staff were paid yesterday after a 12 day delay and a takeover is understood to be imminent.
However last night it wasn't to be as Wanderers appeared to return to business as usual by letting two goals through meaning they are five points away from safety.
"We lacked the intensity of the weekend" manager Phil Parkinson said.
"That first goal was so import and they got it and we found it difficult to respond.
"It was very difficult conditions I have to say it was very very tough to play. I feel they just had that bit more quality when it mattered tonight"