Dempsey double helps sink Trotters
Clint Dempsey struck twice as Fulham dealt relegation-threatened Bolton's survival chances a blow with a 3-0 victory.
The American hit a superb free-kick and headed home a second before Mahamadou Diarra wrapped up a convincing Barclays Premier League win at the Reebok Stadium.
Bolton paid the price for a lacklustre first-half display and remain deep in trouble after their three-game winning run was brought to an end.
The game's opening exchanges were quiet and it was not until the 13th minute either side created a serious opportunity as Bolton's David Ngog broke clear only for Ryo Miyaichi to side-foot over.
Dempsey found the net for the first time after 24 minutes when a deflected Duff shot rolled into his path but the flag was raised for offside but the American had better luck on the half-hour as he lined up a free-kick 30 yards out after Darren Pratley fouled Diarra.
Dempsey was keen to take it ahead of John Arne Riise and Bryan Ruiz and justified his confidence as he connected sweetly to fire into the top corner.
Fulham continued to look the more dangerous in attack and doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Damien Duff beat Marcus Alonso and crossed to the back post for Dempsey to head his second.
Bolton substitute Chris Eagles then had a fierce shot from the edge of the area blocked and then clipped a cross into the area but Ngog could not keep his header on target.
Bolton were almost caught out as Duff's low effort was saved by Adam Bogdan and Dempsey spurned a good chance to claim a hat-trick when he shot wide.
Fulham ended the game as a contest 10 minutes from time as Riise burst clear unchecked on the left and crossed low for Diarra to slide in a third.