Rangers needed all three points to dislodge Nottingham Forest from the second tier's pole position ahead of Sunday morning's (AEST) fixtures fixtures and was indebted to Johnson's close-range finish nine minutes after the interval as it edged past Wanderers 1-0.
Wanderers, meanwhile, have now failed to win any of their four opening Championship games but will highlight a tough start to the season which has seen them meet the R's, Forest and Reading already.
Prior to the game Bolton unveiled a statue of striker
Lofthouse was a centre-forward who famously relished the physical side of the game, but even he might have winced at Richard Dunne's clumsy early challenge from behind on
Dunne could get nowhere near to the ex-Leeds striker moments later, though, as Beckford raced away from him after picking up on
Barton, always the pantomime villain these days, joined Dunne in the referee's notebook after clashing with
The visitor was creating chances too,
All too often in the first period Austin and strike partner Johnson were running into similar areas, but both had a part to play when the deadlock was broken nine minutes after the interval.
Hall in particularly gave the hosts a fresh injection of pace and when his through-ball found Davies ahead of him, Green displayed strong wrists to prevent his shot ending up in the bottom corner of the net.
But Green was not to be troubled again to leave