Match ends, Derby County 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Derby County 3-0 Bolton Wanderers
Matej Vydra scored his 20th goal of the season as Derby County cruised to a comfortable home win over Bolton.
The Czech forward rolled the ball into an empty net after Ben Alnwick had saved from David Nugent.
It doubled a lead given to Derby in the early stages by Alex Pearce, who headed home Joe Ledley's corner.
Tom Lawrence sealed the points after the break with a 30-yard shot into the corner, while Bolton's David Wheater saw two efforts blocked on the line.
The win kept Gary Rowett's Rams fifth in the Championship, three points clear of Millwall in seventh, as they look to guarantee a Championship play-off place.
Bolton are 21st, just two points clear of the relegation places following Barnsley's 3-2 win over Sheffield United earlier on Saturday.
Their best efforts came from defenders, with Scott Carson twice denying Mark Beevers in quick, succession, and Wheater foiled twice in a goalmouth scramble.
And substitute Cameron Jerome could have stretched Derby's lead late on, but headed wide from Chris Baird's cross.
Derby boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"We controlled the game without the ball and it actually gave us really good opportunities to get into attacking areas.
"When you see that, you see some of our incisive players - but give them space and they'll hurt any team, and I thought that's what we did.
"We should have had more, first half, and were a little bit wasteful with our finishing, but I felt we did enough."
Bolton boss Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester:
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. I'm very disappointed with the first goal because it was easily avoidable - we didn't deal with a very basic set play.
"We gave ourselves a lot of work to do against a team who have obviously struggled recently at home, and we gave them a huge lift.
"The first goal gave a team who were nervous last time here against Sunderland a massive lift. It lifted the crowd and it was a very, very soft goal. From now on in, we have got to be more resilient at keeping the ball out of the back of our net."
- 12BairdBooked at 80mins
- 23VydraSubstituted forPalmerat 69'minutes
- 10LawrenceSubstituted forThomasat 85'minutes
- 28NugentSubstituted forJeromeat 69'minutes
- 32BurkeSubstituted forNooneat 45'minutes
- 24HenrySubstituted forDerikat 75'minutes
- 9Le FondreBooked at 78mins
- 18WilbrahamSubstituted forAmeobiat 45'minutes
- Darren England
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Vela.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Derby County).
Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Mark Little.
Attempt missed. Kasey Palmer (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Derik.
Substitution, Derby County. Luke Thomas replaces Tom Lawrence.
Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).
Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Jem Karacan (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Wheater with a headed pass.
Chris Baird (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Chris Baird (Derby County).
Mark Little (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Derby County).
Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.