Bolton boss Owen Coyle was dismayed with the 'poor' penalty his side gave away which helped Stoke to a 2-0 victory.
The Trotters found themselves down eight minutes before half-time when Johan Elmander failed to deal with a Tuncay corner and flicked on the cross into the path of Danny Higginbotham who stabbed the ball over the line from close range.
Despite retaining some possession in what was a better second half for the Whites, Coyle's men were soon 2-0 down when Matthew Etherington's pacy run was cut short in the box by a late Zat Knight challenge.
The winger picked himself up and scored the resulting penalty with Jussi Jaaskelainen frustrated that his left-handed parry could only guide the ball on to the post and into the net.
"It was a poor penalty for us to give away. Zat Knight has been outstanding but he knows he should have stayed up," said Coyle.
"Etherington was on his weaker foot and sometimes you have to recognise these situations.
"Jussi (Jaaskelainen) nearly saved the penalty but we found ourselves 2-0 down.
"We kept going forward and getting in dangerous positions but their keeper made a couple of good saves and we couldn't get that elusive goal to get us back in the game.
"We were very poor in the first half and I expected a lot better from what I saw. We never got going at all if truth be told. There were fleeting glimpses but we never passed the ball.
"In the second half we were much better and we looked the team in the ascendancy. We passed and moved the ball a lot better but we got caught on the counter attack."
The Scotsman maintained that City coped with the windy conditions better than Bolton did with plenty of dangerous chances created through Rory Delap throw-ins.
"The conditions as we know weren't ideal but it was the same for both teams," he told Sky Sports.
"Stoke certainly adapted to it better and they put us under pressure with various set-plays and thrown-ins such-like, but we're disappointed with the goal we lost with the corner."