Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 0
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Teessiders triumphed in The Millennium Stadium back in February and the same outcome was on the cards as early as the eighth minute after Kevin Nolan sliced into his own net.
The Trotters midfielder was attempting to clear a Middlesbrough corner but only succeeded in hooking the ball backwards past the helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Bolton soon had a chance to level the scores when Kevin Davies' flick on put Henrik Pedersen through on goal. The Dane managed to beat the onrushing Mark Schwarzer to the ball but saw his effort roll agonisingly against the post.
However it was the home side that always looked more likely to score again as they found plenty of space on the counter attack.
Jonathan Greening's long pass put Juninho through on the right-hand side but the Brazilian selfishly went for goal, rather than square the ball to the unmarked Joseph Desire Job, and his effort went straight against the keeper's legs.
The former Atletico Madrid man went close again but Jaaskelainen managed to get down low to his right after Job's low driven cross had found the midfielder in acres of space.
Bolton's only other notable effort forced Danny Mills to head away Kevin Davies' goalbound effort after Schwarzer had failed to gather a cross cleanly.
Middlesbrough deservedly held the lead at half time and doubled their advantage just six minutes after the break as Bolton's rearguard was once again exposed down the flanks.
Massimo Maccarone was allowed an eternity to pick out Gaizka Mendieta with a pull back from the right. The Spaniard had appeared to waste the chance as he dawdled on the ball meaning his effort was blocked but the rebound ran to Greening who tapped into an empty net to make it 2-0.
It would have been three just moments later if Szilard Nemeth had not rushed his left-foot shot after he had raced through the Bolton defence.
However two goals proved enough for Steve McClaren's team who once again took the spoils against a Bolton side that have now lost six of their last seven league games.