Nick Blackman's first goal for Reading earned the Royals a point at Bolton.

Wanderers took the lead when former Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley met Marc Tierney's cross from the left with a powerful header.

But Reading sealed a draw when Blackman - a January signing from Sheffield United - converted from the penalty spot after a handball by David Wheater.

Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan then pulled off two late saves to deny Royston Drenthe and Alex Pearce.

Dangerous Darren

After two games of the season, Darren Pratley has already matched his tally of two league goals from the whole of last year

Bolton, who started with Jay Spearing after his loan move from Liverpool was made permanent, began well with Jermaine Beckford going close before Pratley headed home at the far post.

Dougie Freedman's side almost added a second when midfielder Medo beat Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from 30 yards with a shot which slammed against the post.

Reading were level when Wheater handled Jobi McAnuff's inswinging corner and Blackman calmly converted his first goal since January.

Drenthe and Pearce were then both denied by Bogdan as Bolton made it 12 matches unbeaten at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"Reading looked like a Premier League side and they counter-attacked us really well.

"I will be amazed if they aren't in the top six. We've played a really top team there and there wasn't much in it.

"They got that penalty and that was the only decision that the referee got right."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"I thought that it was great entertainment for the supporters.

"Royston Drenthe wanted a penalty late on but he should have stayed on his feet. We've had a word with him because we don't want to be doing that at Reading Football Club.

"But Royston was a massive threat and he'll only get fitter and better throughout this season."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 12 Knight
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 23 Tierney
  • 31 Wheater Booked
  • 06 Spearing
  • 21 Pratley Booked
  • 27 Lee (Odelusi - 90' )
  • 44 Medo
  • 09 Ngog (Moritz - 71' )
  • 10 Beckford (C Davies - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 02 Mears
  • 05 Ream
  • 14 Moritz
  • 11 Hall
  • 28 C Davies
  • 38 Odelusi

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Morrison
  • 18 Bridge
  • 04 Karacan
  • 10 Drenthe Booked
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 12 McCleary (Robson-Kanu - 82' )
  • 20 Guthrie Booked (Williams - 86' )
  • 22 Blackman (Le Fondre - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 23 Williams
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 09 Le Fondre
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 15,551

Match Stats

Shots

16 12

On target

5 4

Corners

3 12

Fouls

14 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:37 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:46

Darren Pratley makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:42

Free kick taken by Royston Drenthe.

90:00 +3:20

Royston Drenthe fouled by Jay Spearing, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +2:27 Substitution

Substitution Sanmi Odelusi comes on in place of Chung-Yong Lee.

90:00 +2:01

Strike on goal comes in from Royston Drenthe from the free kick.

90:00 +1:23

Alex Baptiste is adjudged to have handled the ball.

90:00 +1:03

Royston Drenthe crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +0:44

Mohamed Medo challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick.

87:53

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

87:40

Unfair challenge on Marc Tierney by Royston Drenthe results in a free kick.

86:56

Chung-Yong Lee manages to make a clearance.

86:37

Corner taken by Royston Drenthe from the right by-line.

85:01 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Williams replaces Danny Guthrie.

83:49

Header at goal by Sean Morrison. A parry by Adam Bogdan prevents the goal.

83:19

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line.

83:01

Shot by Wayne Bridge.

82:51

Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.

82:41

Royston Drenthe fouled by Mohamed Medo, the ref awards a free kick.

82:13

Darren Pratley produces a cross.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu on for Garath McCleary.

80:45

Header by Alex Pearce misses right.

80:34

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff.

79:38

Foul by Danny Guthrie on Andre Moritz, free kick awarded.

78:45 Substitution

Substitution Craig Davies on for Jermaine Beckford.

76:41

Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.

76:31 Booking

Booking

76:31

David Wheater is given a yellow card.

76:26

Adam Le Fondre fouled by David Wheater, the ref awards a free kick.

75:07 Booking

Booking

75:07

Royston Drenthe receives a yellow card.

74:45

Free kick taken by Garath McCleary.

74:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garath McCleary by Jay Spearing.

73:12

Andre Moritz takes a shot.

71:25

Darren Pratley challenges Jem Karacan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:07

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

71:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Royston Drenthe.

70:55 Substitution

Substitution Andre Moritz comes on in place of David Ngog.

70:19

Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Adam Bogdan parries the ball away.

69:33

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jay Spearing.

69:00

Clearance made by Zat Knight.

68:50

Corner taken by Royston Drenthe.

68:02

The ball is crossed by David Ngog.

67:34

Alex Pearce takes the free kick.

67:17 Substitution

Substitution Adam Le Fondre replaces Nick Blackman.

66:47

Wayne Bridge fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick.

66:22

Darren Pratley takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by Alex McCarthy back into danger.

65:40

David Wheater takes the free kick.

65:26

Darren Pratley fouled by Jobi McAnuff, the ref awards a free kick.

63:34

Header by Zat Knight goes to the left of the goal.

63:19

Free kick taken by Jay Spearing.

62:50

Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Alex Pearce results in a free kick.

61:42

Jay Spearing has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

59:04

Headed chance falls to David Ngog.

58:35

Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.

57:59

Chung-Yong Lee has an effort at goal. Alex McCarthy parries the ball away.

56:31

Royston Drenthe has an effort at goal. Adam Bogdan blocks the ball.

55:21

Zat Knight takes the free kick.

55:18

The offside flag is raised against Nick Blackman.

54:21

Corner taken by Royston Drenthe from the right by-line.

54:12

Corner taken by Royston Drenthe from the right by-line.

53:35

Garath McCleary has an effort at goal.

52:06

Shot by Chris Gunter went wide right of the net.

51:54

Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.

51:22

Chung-Yong Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Royston Drenthe.

50:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Blackman - Bolton 1 - 1 Reading Nick Blackman scores a penalty. Bolton 1-1 Reading.

50:14

The referee penalises David Wheater for handball.

49:17

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.

47:32

Clearance by Alex Baptiste.

47:24

Corner taken by Royston Drenthe from the right by-line.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:51

Clearance made by David Ngog.

45:00 +1:45

Corner from the right by-line taken by Royston Drenthe.

45:00 +0:35

David Ngog takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Alex McCarthy makes a block.

41:59

Royston Drenthe takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

41:20

Clearance made by Jay Spearing.

41:08

Corner taken by Royston Drenthe from the right by-line.

39:42

Mohamed Medo takes a shot and hits the post.

36:29

Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

35:29

Royston Drenthe takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

34:31

Darren Pratley takes a shot and cleared the net.

32:05

Shot by Danny Guthrie cleared the crossbar.

30:20

Jem Karacan takes the free kick.

30:13

Jobi McAnuff fouled by Jay Spearing, the ref awards a free kick.

28:36

Shot by Royston Drenthe went over the bar.

27:39

Jermaine Beckford takes a shot.

27:13

Zat Knight takes the free kick.

26:53

Alex Pearce concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford.

25:28

Corner taken by Jay Spearing.

25:07

David Ngog takes a shot.

22:20

Darren Pratley is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

22:20 Booking

Booking

21:31

Alex Baptiste concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe.

20:44

David Ngog takes a shot.

19:15

Shot by Darren Pratley went wide right of the post.

15:39

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line.

13:19

Assist by Marc Tierney.

13:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Darren Pratley - Bolton 1 - 0 Reading Darren Pratley scores. Bolton 1-0 Reading.

10:47

Free kick taken by Alex Pearce.

10:37

Mohamed Medo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie.

9:53

Zat Knight takes the free kick.

9:49

The referee blows for offside against Nick Blackman.

9:12

Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

9:01

The referee penalises Nick Blackman for handball.

8:20

Marc Tierney makes a clearance.

7:57

Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

7:45

Unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Chung-Yong Lee results in a free kick.

7:20

Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

7:08

The referee blows for offside against Royston Drenthe.

6:55

Corner taken by Garath McCleary.

6:34

Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

6:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Morrison by David Ngog.

5:31

Foul by Jay Spearing on Garath McCleary, free kick awarded.

3:16

Strike on goal comes in from Jay Spearing from the free kick.

2:47

Caution for Danny Guthrie.

2:47 Booking

Booking

2:36

Danny Guthrie challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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