Villa take points from Reebok
Goals from Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov at the Reebok Stadium earned Aston Villa their first away win of the season as Bolton's troubles at home continued following the 2-1 defeat.
Wanderers went into the contest having lost six out of seven Barclays Premier League games at their own ground this term, and they fell behind in the 33rd minute when Albrighton prodded in Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross.
Petrov then added to the Trotters' woes six minutes before the break with a strike that went in off former Villa man Gary Cahill, and although Ivan Klasnic reduced the deficit 10 minutes into the second half, the hosts could not salvage a point, slumping to the foot of the table.
Bolton created the first real chance of the game when Chris Eagles swung a free-kick towards the box and Cahill headed into Brad Guzan's arms.
Darren Bent then failed to convert when he should have scored, the unmarked striker seeing his effort come back off the legs of Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Wanderers were struggling to contain their opponents and it came as little surprise when Villa made the breakthrough just after the half-hour mark, Albrighton on hand to tap in Agbonlahor's cross.
Within six minutes, the visitors had doubled their lead, Petrov's drive taking a deflection off Cahill on its way in.
The hosts showed more purpose at the start of the second half and after Guzan had dived to push away a curler from Eagles, Wanderers made it 2-1.
Klasnic pounced in the 55th minute, sweeping in his seventh of the season after Zat Knight's shot had caused a scramble in the box.
Bent was guilty of further profligacy with a glaring miss, allowing the Trotters go on the hunt for an equaliser, Eagles dragging a shot wide, Kevin Davies heading tamely at Guzan and Mark Davies firing over the bar.