Daniel Sturridge could turn out to be one of the signings of the January transfer window after his third goal in three games for Bolton.
On loan from Chelsea, the England Under-21 striker put the match out of Everton’s reach.
Sturridge extended Bolton’s lead after England defender Gary Cahill opened the scoring with his first goal of the season.
It was just the result the club were looking for after losing five out of their previous seven league games.
“I’m just delighted to be playing regular football, I’m enjoying my football here and now I’m looking forward to the next game,” said Sturridge. “The manager’s instilled a lot of confidence in me, he’s told me to go out and play my normal game, to shoot, to dribble and just show everybody what I’m about.”
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is another player to benefit from a spell under Owen Coyle’s management with the Lancashire club, having spent time on loan there last season before making his breakthrough with the Gunners and England this term.
He was at his former stomping ground to watch today’s game and Sturridge continued: “Jack’s different class, I spoke to him today and he said it’s a good club and to see him here today shows the affection he still has for the club. We’re good friends and I’m glad he’s doing so well.”
Defender Gary Cahill, whose deflected header set Wanderers on their way today, said: “It was a good collective performance today, there were good individual performances and we got the right result. A few results went for us yesterday so it’s good that we capitalised, I think we’re just a point behind Sunderland now and we just have to keep our heads down and get on with our work.”
Bolton boss Owen Coyle played down talk of securing Sturridge on a permanent deal.
“That’s a discussion for May,” he said. “Chelsea certainly have some of the world’s finest strikers and Daniel, I believe, can really push himself into that category if he continues to develop.
“He looks as if he’s enjoying himself when he’s playing. He lights the stadium up when he receives the ball because you think something exciting is going to happen.”
Coyle said: “We knew we would have to be at a very high intensity to stop them playing because of their quality, and I felt we did that. Having done that, we moved the ball very well ourselves.”
Frustrated Everton manager David Moyes admitted: “That was the poorest performance I can remember for a long time. We conceded two bad goals, but our play in between that was not good enough.”