Bolton remain rooted in the relegation zone after going down 2-0 on home turf to Everton, their cause not helped by the first-half sending off of David Wheater.
Everton are now eighth in the Premiership after their third away win of the campaign against a struggling Bolton outfit who have only won five top flight games since mid-February.
This was the Trotters tenth league defeat of the season and looked on the cards from the 20th minute when Wheater was shown a straight red for a lunge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
The home side held out until half-time but after the break conceded twice leaving them eleven games since they kept a clean sheet against the Toffees.
Marouane Fellaini, on his 100th start for the Merseysiders, broke the deadlock within three minutes of the second half commencing getting on the end of a Leighton Baines cross.
With the visitor’s making their numerical advantage felt they easily controlled play and ensured the three points with 12 minutes remaining.
Apostolos Vellios was presented with the simplest of chances from close range as Tim Cahill cut the ball back.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Everton scorers: Fellaini 49, Vellios 78
TRIBAL ASKS: Could Owen Coyle be the first Premiership manager to be sacked this term?
Yellow cards: Osman (EVE), Reo-Coker (BOL)
Red card: Wheater (BOL)