A miserable week for Bolton Wanderers
off the pitch was confounded on it with a 2-1 defeat to Bristol City.
Bolton chairman Ken Anderson's public spat with Forest Green owner Dale Vince had dominated the news at the relegated-threatened club, but the 499 travelling fans must have hoped their fortunes had turned when Will Buckley gave the Trotters a 58th minute lead.
City manager Lee Johnson responded with a triple substitution in the 61st minute and two of them scored shortly after.
First Matty Taylor drew the home side level on 64 minutes, before Kasey Palmer headed them ahead two minutes later to make it a debut to remember after signing on loan from Chelsea three days earlier.
'You can put a sub on but the lads have got to produce,' said Johnson.
'The bench made a difference today. When subs come on they've got to be bright and I thought all three of them were excellent.'
Lloyd Kelly was caught in possession near his own corner flag, allowing Craig Noone to dispossess him and play it to Sammy Ameobi whose cross was headed in by Buckley.
Then Johnson made the changes, with Taylor squeezing a shot inside Ben Alnwick's near post before Palmer's header was deemed to have crossed the line by referee Stephen Martin.
'It's Roy Race stuff,' the City boss continued. 'He [Palmer] was good when he came on. You could see his power when he gets the ball and turns and drive at people. They couldn't handle the mobility and the athleticism.
'You can't ask for anymore. The time I thought it had gone in to the time the referee gave the goal was probably 0.3 seconds but felt like half an hour.'
Bolton's Phil Parkinson added: 'It's such a shame we've conceded two soft goals. If you look at them we can do better in those situations. We needed to show more resilience to see the game through and at least get a point.'