Bolton boss Dougie Freedman reserved special praise for David Ngog after his brace off the bench saw the Trotters clinch all three npower Championship points against Charlton.
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It was a game that lacked any real spark until Ngog sent the Reebok Stadium faithful into delirium, the Frenchman dancing his way around two defenders in the box before striking the ball into the bottom-left corner for his first.
It was the same again when the former Liverpool marksman was set free by Kevin Davies' pass through the heart of the Addicks defence, with Ngog going past the last man with ease before slotting past Ben Hamer once more for his second.
It was Freedman's third win since taking charge and, despite frustration from some fans with his side's patient build-up, he was delighted with the way his team controlled the match.
He said: "I felt that the key was that we had the opportunity to bring the subs on at 0-0. Charlton were fighting for their lives to try to keep us at bay in the first half, which is credit to their manager.
"Everyone needs to understand this is the way we need to play in this division. It will take time to change the mentality of the fans and the players, but we don't have time.
"We want to play a certain style of football and for that split second that they switched off David was in for the goal. I felt for this club it was a great day and an education for everyone here that this is the way we need to play."
Speaking about Ngog, Freedman added: "David Ngog turns up every day and works very hard on the training ground and that should be the headline, not his goals.
"He's got a great leader to learn off in Kevin Davies and I myself like to think that I can help him make the most of his career."
The result ended a seven-match unbeaten run for Chris Powell's men, who have now dropped into the bottom half of the table and below the Trotters into 14th.
Despite the result, Powell was pleased with the way his team performed.
He said: "We were disappointed because we grew into the game and created the better chances.
"Bolton have obviously come down from the Premier League and that always makes it a difficult game.
"We are good away from home and we got the right balance between attack and defence throughout today.
"In the end, though, we were beaten by a substitute who has a huge pedigree in the game and he has made a huge difference.
"I'm sitting here thinking that we should have won that game but we'll be looking to go into the Christmas period trying to bounce back from a defeat which shouldn't have happened."