Bolton bounced back impressively from ex-boss Gary Megson's sacking
Managerless Bolton produced a dominant performance to outclass League Two strugglers Lincoln and book their place in round four of the FA Cup.
Moses Swaibu deflected a Matt Taylor pass into his own net as Bolton, led by caretaker boss Chris Evans, went ahead.
An unmarked Chung-Yong Lee doubled the lead a minute later with a clinical finish at the back post.
Gary Cahill headed in Kevin Davies' cross for the third and Mark Davies added a fourth from close range.
Evans, assisted by head coach Steve Wigley, says he does not want to succeed the sacked Gary Megson on a permanent basis but he will be pleased with the way his team overcame their lowly League Two opponents.
Bolton should have taken the lead after 13 minutes when the ball broke to Lee on the edge of the area.
He took a touch but failed to test goalkeeper Rob Burch, hitting his shot high over the bar.
Cahill then strode forward, only to see his effort from inside the area cleared to safety.
Bolton stepped up the pace and Ivan Klasnic curled his shot just wide before testing Burch from an acute angle and hooking a shot wide after being set up by Taylor.
Taylor got away from his marker to meet Gretar Steinsson's cross but failed to find the target from inside the six-yard area.
The visitors launched a swift counter-attack and Chris Herd saw a stinging shot gathered by Ali Al Habsi at the second attempt.
But Bolton pressed on and rocked Lincoln with two goals in quick succession - Swaibu diverting the ball past Burch and Lee scoring with a fine strike.
An effort from Taylor came back off the underside of the bar and substitute Johan Elmander sent a close-range shot over before Cahill nodded his sixth goal of the season.
Lincoln refused to die down and Herd tested Al Habsi with the goalkeeper doing well to turn his effort around the post.
But substitute Davies made it four for Bolton in stoppage time after being set up by Paul Robinson.
Bolton caretaker manager Chris Evans: "Given the circumstances of the last few days, it was very important the players were focused. It is very difficult when the attention of the football world and the media are on you.
"I believe there is a real chance of ongoing success. The manager who comes in will have reason to feel positive about the future as we have solid foundations.
"We did a professional job and are pleased to be in the hat.
"We had to pick a side that was going to get a result. People say the FA Cup has lost its magic but, as a traditional football man, I love it. I feel we have a duty of care to the competition."
Lincoln manager Chris Sutton:
"The effort and commitment of the players was fantastic.
"We played some decent stuff and did not feel they were much of a threat early on. But then we conceded an own goal and were all at sea for the second.
"We knew it was going to be very difficult after that but we did not disgrace ourselves in any way.
"This is mainly a young side and, despite the scoreline, the players can be proud of their efforts."
90:00+2:02 Paul Robinson provided the assist for the goal.
90:00+2:02 GOAL - Mark Davies:Bolton 4 - 0 Lincoln City Mark Davies gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 4-0 Lincoln
90:00+1:21 Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:21 Booking The referee books Scott Kerr for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+1:04 Scott Kerr challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
90:00+0:18 The ball is sent over by Brian Gilmore, clearance by Andrew O'Brien.
88:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Robinson. Paul Green takes the indirect free kick.
88:11 Unfair challenge on Cian Hughton by Mark Davies results in a free kick. Cian Hughton restarts play with the free kick.
87:29 Cian Hughton concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
86:28 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line, Headed effort from close range by Kevin Davies
goes wide left of the target.
85:00 Corner from right by-line taken by Cian Hughton.
84:33 Short corner taken by Cian Hughton.
84:20 Chris Herd takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
82:53 Assist by Kevin Davies.
82:53 GOAL - Gary Cahill:Bolton 3 - 0 Lincoln City Gary Cahill finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Bolton 3-0 Lincoln City.
82:22 Gretar Rafn Steinsson decides to take the corner short.
82:09 The ball is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, blocked by Matthew Saunders.
81:47 Corner taken by Brian Gilmore, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
81:27 Unfair challenge on Adam Watts by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Robert Burch takes the free kick.
79:06 Substitution Tamir Cohen is brought on as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee.
77:34 Outswinging corner taken by Ricardo Gardner from the left by-line.
76:29 Chris Herd takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
73:56 Scott Kerr has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
71:30 Corner taken by Brian Gilmore.
70:38 Matthew Saunders takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Davies.
68:23 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Joe Anderson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor, save by Robert
67:54 Shot from a long way out by Brian Gilmore goes wide of the left-hand upright.
65:49 Foul by Mark Davies on Matthew Saunders, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Brian Gilmore, save by Ali Al Habsi.
64:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Johan Elmander. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Burch.
64:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Brian Gilmore. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
63:50 Volleyed left-footed shot by Matthew Taylor.
63:23 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Saunders. Direct free kick taken by Adam Watts.
61:47 Brian Gilmore takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
57:41 Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
57:41 Substitution Lenell John-Lewis leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Uwezu.
57:41 Substitution Johan Elmander comes on in place of Ivan Klasnic.
57:41 Brian Gilmore is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
50:36 The assist for the goal came from Ivan Klasnic.
50:36 GOAL - Chung-Yong Lee:Bolton 2 - 0 Lincoln City Chung-Yong Lee scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-0 Lincoln City.
49:45 Matthew Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
48:51 GOAL - Moses Swaibu:Bolton 1 - 0 Lincoln City Own goal by Moses Swaibu. Bolton 1-0 Lincoln City.
47:28 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, clearance made by Scott Kerr.
46:34 Corner from left by-line taken by Cian Hughton.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:01 Substitution Mark Davies comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba.
45:00+1:38 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:59 Matthew Taylor takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Adam Watts.
45:00+0:32 Scott Kerr produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
44:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew O'Brien on Brian Gilmore. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Scott Kerr from
right wing, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
42:53 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee.
41:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor by Paul Green. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Robinson,
clearance by Paul Green.
40:14 The assistant referee flags for offside against Cian Hughton. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
36:34 Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Scott Kerr results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
35:48 Chris Herd takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
35:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ivan Klasnic on Adam Watts. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
33:56 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Chris Herd results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Paul Robinson, Kevin Davies concedes
a free kick for a foul on Joe Anderson. Free kick taken by Robert Burch.
33:18 Gretar Rafn Steinsson sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Matthew Taylor misses to the left of the target.
32:33 Foul by Ricardo Gardner on Scott Kerr, free kick awarded. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
28:39 Andrew O'Brien has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
27:22 Ivan Klasnic has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
25:39 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Clearance by Joe Anderson.
24:58 Scott Kerr fouled by Ricardo Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Herd, clearance
made by Gary Cahill.
22:19 Chris Herd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew O'Brien. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
21:38 Unfair challenge on Lenell John-Lewis by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Adam Watts takes the direct free kick.
20:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Scott Kerr. Free kick taken by Robert Burch.
19:05 Corner taken right-footed by Brian Gilmore, clearance made by Ricardo Gardner.
18:40 Brian Gilmore takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
17:15 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Ivan Klasnic misses to the left of the target.
16:43 Matthew Saunders takes a shot.
12:06 Chung-Yong Lee has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
10:40 Chris Herd fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
6:37 Paul Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Taylor. Paul Robinson crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick
awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Burch by Gary Cahill. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
4:18 Chris Herd fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Scott Kerr from right channel.
2:22 Corner taken right-footed by Moses Swaibu to the near post.
1:50 Foul by Ricardo Gardner on Matthew Saunders, free kick awarded. Adam Watts crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from own half, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
1:25 The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Robert Burch makes a save.
0:07 Foul by Scott Kerr on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by
0:00 The match gets underway.
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