Sammy Ameobi’s early close-range finish was enough to beat a much-changed Blackpool side in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The striker pounced to turn home past Dean Lyness just four minutes in and Blackpool never recovered, despite carving out a number of chances.
Danny Philliskirk sliced wide when well placed and Jamille Matt had a header cleared off the line as lady luck abandoned The Seasiders.
The hosts actually took the lead with their first attack of the game, as Ameobi flicked home following a ricochet from a corner.
Blackpool responded well and should have equalised on 12 minutes as Colin Daniel’s deep cross found Philliskirk lurking at the back post, but he sliced his effort wide under little pressure.
It was Bolton claiming the majority of possession however and only a fine header from Will Aimson kept out Josh Vela’s powerful strike.
At the other end Mark Cullen looped a harmless header into the arms of Ben Alnwick, before Brad Potts’ shot took a wicked deflection and landed on the roof of the Bolton net.
Aimson was next to threaten when his glancing header hit a flurry of bodies in front of the home goal. Next Cullen had a sight of goal after Philliskirk had prodded into his path, but the striker’s effort was blocked.
Blackpool continued to probe as the half wore on but they’d be forced to go in for the interval behind.
Half-Time: Bolton 1 Blackpool 0
At the break Gary Bowyer made a double change, with Mark Yeates and Bright Osayi-Samuel taking the place of Potts and Philliskirk.
Winger Osayi-Samuel was quickly involved, winning a corner from which Matt’s header needed clearing off the line by Vela.
However, on 63 minutes Bolton looked certain to double their lead, as Zach Clough ran in down the left and rolled the ball onto the inside of the post, before losing his composure and firing over the rebound.
Next time Lyness was called upon to keep the score to 1-0, flying through the air and brilliantly turning away an effort from substitute Gary Madine.
With eight minutes remaining Kyle Vassell took the place of Cullen. And it was Blackpool who finished the stronger, with Cain and Vassell both being denied by Ben Alnwick late on.
In the final minute of normal time Yeates’ cross saw Matt thwarted by Alnwick before Jim McAlister blazed over seconds before the board went up.
With that went the last chance for Blackpool who made the short trip home defeated.
Full-Time: Bolton 1 Blackpool 0