Bolton manager Owen Coyle was delighted with his Trotters team as they bounced back from their defeat at Hull with a 2-1 victory over Watford at the Reebok Stadium.
Matt Mills headed Bolton into an early lead before Kevin Davies doubled the advantage, and they held on after Lloyd Doyley somewhat fortunately got a goal back for the visitors with 30 minutes left.
"That was never a game of two halves," Coyle said. "It should have been three, four nil. In the second half we sat a bit deep and they scored a fluky goal.
"And because it was so one-sided in the first half, Watford were always going to come back stronger in the second."
Coyle's men could not have got off to a better start, with Chris Eagles's set pieces causing chaos and Mills headed in one of his teasing corners just four minutes in.
It got worse for the Hornets three minutes before half-time when they conceded a free kick which was perfectly placed for Eagles to whip a ball to Davies. The long-serving striker made no mistake when directing his header into the bottom corner to double the Trotters lead.
But, against the run of play, a cross from right-back Doyley drifted over Adam Bogdan into the net, which set up a nervy final 30 minutes for the home side.
The result means that Bolton go into the top half of the table into 10th, whilst Watford drift down to 17th - just one point above the bottom three.
But manager Gianfranco Zola thought they deserved something out of the game - and he still expects them to be up there at the end of the season.
He said "I was disappointed that we didn't get a point at least. We had problems in the first half, they were a lot better than us and scored two goals. But the way we played in the second half, I think we deserved more."
- Lloyd Doyley
- Kevin Davies