Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Ben Brereton broke his Blackburn Rovers duck to set up his side's fourth straight victory as they saw off relegated Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park.
Brereton had failed to find the net in 26 previous appearances, but the 20-year-old pounced to put Blackburn ahead on the half-hour mark.
Adam Armstrong added a second early in the second half to give the hosts breathing space.
Rovers could have won by more, with Brereton, Joe Rothwell and Dan Butterworth all going close.
Bolton, whose fate had been sealed by their defeat to Aston Villa on Friday, had the better of the early exchanges as Callum Connolly and Luca Connell both came close.
But Rovers gradually began to apply pressure and Brereton had one attempt blocked by Jack Hobbs before Bradley Dack played him in to tuck a left-footed finish into the far corner.
Dack was also involved in the home side's second goal five minutes after the restart, playing in Joe Rothwell, whose shot was saved by Ben Alnwick but fell for Armstrong to hook into the net.
Alnwick denied Brereton a second late on, while teenager Butterworth, who came on for his league debut with 15 minutes remaining, fired a chance wide.
Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was 'delighted' with Brereton's performance, he said:
"Brereton's had limited time. I have said all season, I'm sure he enjoys his time here.
"I see him laughing and joking with the lads every day. I know that (Danny) Graham and Dack have really warmed to him, because he is a young boy.
"I try to put it into context. If you think of Armstrong being a young boy, this kid's two years younger than Armstrong. But he's a wonderful footballer and that's why he's here.
"That's why we invested the money, not necessarily for today, but for tomorrow, by that I mean the start of next season.
"I'm delighted for Brereton to score his goal. It was a great goal against a team making it difficult."
Bolton Wanderers assistant manager Steve Parkin said:
"The result is disappointing. I think we've had enough of last third opportunities to get on the score sheet and make the game tighter than it looked.
"We've had good opportunities to score goals in the first half and second half. I'm just disappointed that we didn't get one of course.
"The quality in this division, they've left Danny Graham out and put another striker on (Brereton) that cost the best part of £6 million.
"His first opportunity, he's scored. And I think that this is the level and quality of this division. You do have to take your chances because sooner or later, if you don't, then you can suffer."
- 27TravisSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
- 5RodwellSubstituted forBuckleyat 65'minutes
- 23DackSubstituted forButterworthat 76'minutes
- 36BrockbankSubstituted forMuscattat 75'minutes
- 5BeeversSubstituted forWilsonat 11'minutes
- 21WilliamsSubstituted forMurphyat 39'minutes
- Andy Woolmer
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).
Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.
Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.
Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).
Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.
Attempt saved. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Brereton.
Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.
Attempt missed. Daniel Butterworth (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.
Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).
Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Daniel Butterworth replaces Bradley Dack.
Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Joe Muscatt replaces Harry Brockbank because of an injury.