Manchester City made ground in the battle for fourth place in the Premier League on Tuesday but looked a long way from Champions League material as they struggled to an forgettable 2-0 home win over Bolton Wanderers.
City, who had lost two of their last three league games, looked second-best for long periods against their relegation-threatened visitors but took the points with a first-half Carlos Tevez penalty and a smart finish by Emmanuel Adebayor following a killer pass by Patrick Vieira after 73 minutes.
The win takes City to 44 points and into fifth place, behind Liverpool on goal difference but with a game in hand on them and fellow challengers Tottenham Hotspur (43).
In other games Portsmouth grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser for a 1-1 home draw with Sunderland in a game featuring three red cards, while Wigan Athletic drew 1-1 with Stoke City.
There are six more games on Wednesday, highlighted by Arsenal against Liverpool, with Manchester United and Chelsea also in action away to Aston Villa and Everton respectively.