Adam Le Fondre's first-half goal was enough to earn Bolton a vital Sky Bet Championship win to boost their survival hopes while denting Aston Villa's automatic promotion ambitions.
Striker Le Fondre scored after 19 minutes at a snowy Macron Stadium as Steve Bruce's side slipped to a second successive defeat.
The visitors had plenty of possession but Lewis Grabban and substitute Scott Hogan wasted great opportunities to secure at least a point.
Bolton kicked off knowing a point would be enough to lift...
Sheffield Wednesday conceded a last-gasp equaliser as their struggles continued with a 1-1 draw against Bolton.
A 78th-minute goal from George Boyd looked to have won it for the Owls, but Aaron Wilbraham popped up in stoppage time to salvage a point for the Trotters.
The opening exchanges showed plenty of signs of a game being played between two sides in the lower reaches of the Sky Bet Championship table, with a first half dominated by sloppy possession and missed opportunities.
Adam Le Fondre was...
Championship strugglers Reading and Bolton shared an uninspiring 1-1 draw at Madejski Stadium that does little to ease either side's relegation fears.
Reading, now without a win in eight home matches, went ahead shortly after the half-hour mark through Mo Barrow.
But Bolton, who had the better scoring chances throughout, drew level just before the interval when former Reading striker Adam Le Fondre slotted home.
Reading and Bolton went into the game locked on 34 points, with Reading one place higher...
Substitute Sean Maguire celebrated his return to action with Preston's second and third goals in a 3-1 Sky Bet Championship comeback win at Bolton.
The 23-year-old Republic of Ireland forward, sidelined since November 1 by hamstring trouble, had only been on the field for 12 minutes after replacing Billy Bodin when he fired home in the 77th minute. And he sealed the result in stoppage time with a simple tap-in to give Preston a first win in five games.
The visitors had trailed to defender Mark Beevers'...