Dion Charles scored the winner but was later mistakenly sent off as promotion-chasing Bolton beat bottom of the table Forest Green in League One.
Top scorer Charles fired Ian Evatt’s side into a sixth-minute lead with his 13th goal of the season as Wanderers sought to bounce straight back from the defeat at Derby.
However, the home side then had to play with 10 men after a 28th minute flashpoint which saw Charles erroneously red-carded by referee Tom Nield for violent conduct.
Replays clearly showed team-mate Elias Kachunga had lashed out at Rovers’ defender Brandon Cooper.
Despite Bolton protests, and after a lengthy delay, Charles eventually left the pitch, although the red card may be overturned on appeal.
Rovers won the reverse fixture 1-0 last October but struggled to make the most of their numerical advantage.
They dominated possession and shots totals but Trotters goalkeeper James Trafford was rarely troubled.
Bolton stay fifth in the table, with Forest Green rooted to the foot of the division.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5Almeida Santos
- 21BradleySubstituted forAimsonat 90+2′minutes
- 16MorleyBooked at 46mins
- 27WilliamsSubstituted forJohnstonat 67′minutes
- 17ShoretireSubstituted forLeeat 72′minutes
- 10CharlesBooked at 28mins
- 24KachungaSubstituted forWilliamsat 73′minutes
- 22Godwin-MalifeSubstituted forGarrickat 78′minutes
- 23CooperBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCaseyat 78′minutes
- 25Peart-HarrisSubstituted forStevensat 58′minutes
- 28MarchSubstituted forMcAllisterat 66′minutes
- Tom Nield
Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.
Foul by Kyle McAllister (Forest Green Rovers).
Kieran Lee (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Will Aimson replaces Conor Bradley.
Attempt saved. Conor Bradley (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Baily Cargill with a cross.
Regan Hendry (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Bradley (Bolton Wanderers).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Oliver Casey (Forest Green Rovers).
Delay in match because of an injury Kyle Dempsey (Bolton Wanderers).
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Oliver Casey replaces Brandon Cooper.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jordon Garrick replaces Udoka Godwin-Malife.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. MJ Williams replaces Elias Kachunga.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Kieran Lee replaces Shola Shoretire.
Attempt saved. Kyle McAllister (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Corey O’Keeffe.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. George Johnston replaces Randell Williams.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kyle McAllister replaces Josh March.
Attempt missed. Corey O’Keeffe (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Udoka Godwin-Malife.