Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Chris O'Grady netted the 100th league goal of his career as Bolton beat League One relegation rivals Tranmere 2-0.
The 34-year-old striker, currently playing at his 17th club, doubled Wanderers' advantage after Dennis Politic fired Keith Hill's side into a second-minute lead.
Wanderers' victory against a team playing its fourth game in nine days ended a winless run of seven matches dating back to December 21.
Third-bottom Tranmere's depressing sequence, however, went on, back to reality after recent glamour FA Cup ties with Watford and Manchester United, as they slipped six points from safety.
Micky Mellon's side, unable to field deadline-day recruit and former favourite Andy Cook, never recovered from conceding Politic's 20-yard right-foot rocket.
Goalkeeper Remi Matthews, who let in five goals when the sides met at Prenton Park last August, enjoyed one of his quietest afternoons of the season.
And after Ethan Hamilton, O'Grady and Politic all had shots blocked, Wanderers' new centurion scored with a 10-yard right-footed effort after 64 minutes.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 17BryanBooked at 69mins
- 22PoliticSubstituted forDarcyat 90+2'minutes
- 31FeeneySubstituted forNelsonat 90+2'minutes
- 11JenningsSubstituted forDannsat 67'minutes
- Scott Oldham
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Sid Nelson replaces Morgan Feeney because of an injury.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Ronan Darcy replaces Dennis Politic.
Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dennis Politic.
Attempt missed. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton.
Kean Bryan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Vaughan (Tranmere Rovers).
Attempt missed. Aristote Nsiala (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Brandon Fleming with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kieron Morris.
Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).
Morgan Feeney (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Dennis Politic tries a through ball, but Ethan Hamilton is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex Woodyard.
Attempt missed. Brandon Fleming (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ethan Hamilton.
Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers).