The sides looked miles apart, such was the superiority of Bolton’s intelligence and movement. Watford fought back stirringly early in the second half without looking likely to disturb Bolton’s easy authority.
Bolton were missing most of their first team. Only three of the side which started against Liverpool on Monday were on show, with the increasingly relevant African Nations Cup taking several products of the Bolton youth scheme (sic!) away for a month, while suspensions and apparent injuries forced several other changes. Their substitutes did not have one first team performance between them!