Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason gave Bolton a first win in nine league games as the Trotters stayed six points clear of the relegation zone.

Dougie Freedman's side had not won a Championship game since Boxing Day but went ahead when Jutkiewicz tapped home following a Jay Spearing free-kick.

Mason had missed three chances to score before he did double the lead after Neil Danns's flick-on.

Watford went closest through Troy Deeney's header, but Wanderers held on.

Reebok classic?

Only Birmingham (two) have won fewer home games in the Championship than Bolton (three).

It was only a third home win all season in the Championship for Freedman, who said last week he did not fear for his job at the Reebok Stadium.

His side had managed just 18 league goals in front of their own fans all season before this game, but loanees Jutkiewicz and Mason proved a dangerous partnership against the Hornets.

Mason, who rejoined the club from Cardiff on Thursday, saw an early shot saved by Manuel Almunia's feet before Deeney's header was well saved by Adam Bogdan at the other end.

Mason was again denied by Almunia before Jutkiewicz opened the scoring at the far post from Spearing's curling set-piece.

Bolton doubled the lead before the break when Danns won a header to send Mason clear again, and this time he beat Almunia convincingly.

Sean Murray hit a half-volley straight at Bogdan after the break but Watford were unconvincing.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"I thought we played very well and entertained the crowd and I felt the margin of the victory was the least we deserved.

"I was very satisfied. We worked very hard as a team to keep that clean sheet. I felt that was the difference.

"When Watford asked us a few questions we dealt with that well.

"That's very pleasing as a coach and that's what you work for throughout the week."

Watford boss Beppe Sannino:

"What I want to do now is to say sorry to all the people from Watford who travelled here to watch the game.

"I know that it is not possible but if I could, I would replay the game now.

"We need to forget this game but at the same time we don't need to forget those mistakes as well."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 05 Ream
  • 06 Spearing
  • 04 Mills
  • 31 Wheater
  • 16 Davies (Lee Chung-yong - 79' )
  • 44 Kamara Booked
  • 29 Jutkiewicz
  • 21 Pratley (Danns - 24' )
  • 26 Mason (Trotter - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Eagles
  • 11 Hall
  • 12 Knight
  • 17 Trotter
  • 18 Danns
  • 24 Lonergan
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 19 Faraoni Booked
  • 21 Anya
  • 06 Ekstrand Booked
  • 27 Cassetti (Pudil - 48' )
  • 04 Angella Booked
  • 08 Merkel (Battocchio - 61' )
  • 16 Murray
  • 09 Deeney
  • 20 Park Chu-young (Ranegie - 61' )
  • 28 Tözsér

Substitutes

  • 05 Belkalem
  • 07 Battocchio
  • 12 Doyley
  • 13 Ranegie
  • 18 Pudil
  • 30 Bond
  • 31 Hoban
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 15,179

Match Stats

Shots

16 12

On target

9 5

Corners

5 6

Fouls

9 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

90:00 +6:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

90:00 +5:02 Booking

Booking Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:10

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:10

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

90:00 +2:42

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:50 Booking

Booking Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:48

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:48

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

90:00 +0:33

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

89:50

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

89:50

Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:14

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:14

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

88:10

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

86:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Joe Mason.

85:37

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

85:37

Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Mark Davies.

78:23

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:23

Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

77:44

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Battocchio.

74:58

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Danns with a through ball.

74:22

Attempt saved. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

72:23

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Medo tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

70:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:48

Delay in match Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

69:25

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Medo.

68:57

Attempt saved. Sean Murray (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:14

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

67:44

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

64:45

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

63:57

Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

63:34

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Tözsér.

61:48

Attempt missed. Mathias Ranégie (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

61:28

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Medo with a cross.

60:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Mathias Ranégie replaces Park Chu-Young.

60:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Cristian Battocchio replaces Alexander Merkel.

60:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

58:45

Delay in match Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

58:09

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a cross.

58:02

Attempt missed. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neil Danns with a cross.

56:37

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Medo.

55:44

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

55:02 Booking

Booking Joel Ekstrand (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

54:48

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:48

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

47:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Daniel Pudil replaces Marco Cassetti because of an injury.

47:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:52

Delay in match Marco Cassetti (Watford) because of an injury.

45:22

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

45:00

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0.

44:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Watford 0. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Danns with a headed pass.

43:53

Foul by Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers).

43:53

Alexander Merkel (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:38

Hand ball by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

40:06

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross following a set piece situation.

39:22

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:22

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

37:52

Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:52

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

36:55

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

35:04

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

34:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Watford 0. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a set piece situation.

33:33

Foul by Alexander Merkel (Watford).

33:33

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:44

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

32:44

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:35

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

31:26

Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

30:13

Corner, Watford. Conceded by David Wheater.

29:34

Offside, Watford. Sean Murray tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

27:15

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross.

26:35

Foul by Joel Ekstrand (Watford).

26:35

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:06

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

26:04

Attempt blocked. Daniel Tözsér (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:13 Booking

Booking Medo (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:07

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:07

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

24:02

Attempt saved. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Darren Pratley because of an injury.

22:20

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

22:20

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:53

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:53

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

17:29

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

16:17

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

15:55

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

13:29

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tim Ream.

13:23

Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ikechi Anya with a cross.

11:50

Attempt saved. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér.

11:07

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

11:07

Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:13

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

9:42

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

9:36

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Davies.

8:47

Foul by Park Chu-Young (Watford).

8:47

Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:07

Gabriele Angella (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:07

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

6:55

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

6:55

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:05

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

5:32

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:32

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

4:32

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Mark Davies tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

0:34

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

0:34

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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