Adam Le Fondre scored a first-half hat-trick as Reading thrashed Bolton to move into the Championship top six.

Two close-range finishes and a precise strike by Le Fondre put Reading in control before Pavel Pogrebnyak converted a penalty.

Kaspars Gorkss stabbed in a fifth on the hour, Hope Akpan lashed in from close-range and Nick Blackman's deflected strike made it 7-0.

David Ngog scrambled in a late consolation for Bolton.

It was a demoralising defeat for Dougie Freedman's side, especially after they had shown steady improvement since a poor start to the season.

They had been bottom in September, but went into this game having suffered just one defeat in their last six games.

Reading, meanwhile, had won just one of their last six matches, but were dominant from the outset against Bolton.

It took just 12 minutes for the hosts to get off the mark as Le Fondre pounced on a loose ball to rifle home.

That was Le Fondre's eighth goal of the season and it did not take long for him to add his ninth and 10 goals as he first latched on to Pogrebnyak's smart flick before firing beyond keeper Andy Lonergan and then tapped in from Garath McCleary's pass.

Floodgates finally opened

  • Prior to this encounter, Reading had scored only two goals in their last five games in all competitions
  • The win also marked the first time they scored more than one goal in a game since their 3-2 league win at Nottingham Forest in late November

Those goals effectively put the game beyond Bolton, but they conceded a fourth just before the break when Alex Baptiste handled in the area and Pogrebnyak converted the penalty.

The half-time interval offered only brief respite for Bolton, as Reading quickly picked up where they left off with Le Fondre shooting over the bar after good work by Pogrebnyak.

But a fifth goal arrived on the hour as McCleary knocked the ball into the area and Gorkss stabbed in.

The threat of a hefty defeat seemed to spark Bolton into life, but just as they had started to carve out opportunities, Akpan fired into the roof of the net before Blackman added a seventh with a fierce shot that took a cruel deflection off Zat Knight.

Ngog struck late for Bolton but it was scant consolation for what is the Trotters' biggest defeat of the season.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"Whether we are linked to or bring in other forwards is irrelevant. We value Adam [Le Fondre] very highly and if you want to be successful, you need to have a strong group of strikers.

"The way he has performed today was very important to us. Indeed, great credit to all the players today.

"We were very clinical with our finishing and there's a big togetherness here. We didn't allow Bolton to play at all and we're building momentum nicely for an important stage of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 23 Williams
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss (Hector - 80' )
  • 12 McCleary (Blackman - 66' )
  • 16 Akpan
  • 09 Le Fondre (Taylor - 76' )
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 11 McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 22 Blackman
  • 24 Cummings
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector

Bolton Wanderers

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 15 Baptiste Booked
  • 05 Ream
  • 16 Davies Booked (Odelusi - 67' )
  • 04 Mills
  • 12 Knight
  • 18 Danns
  • 06 Spearing
  • 09 Ngog
  • 21 Pratley Booked (Kamara - 62' )
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 07 Eagles
  • 11 Hall
  • 28 Davies
  • 33 White
  • 38 Odelusi
  • 44 Kamara
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 18,629

Match Stats

Shots

17 9

On target

8 2

Corners

7 7

Fouls

15 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 7, Bolton Wanderers 1.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 7, Bolton Wanderers 1.

90:00 +2:25

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:25

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

90:00 +2:14

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

90:00 +1:58

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Hector.

90:00 +1:37

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

90:00 +1:00 Booking

Booking Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:34

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

90:00 +0:34

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:50

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

89:50

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:55

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

87:55

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 7, Bolton Wanderers 1. David Ngog (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sanmi Odelusi.

85:55

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

83:16

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:16

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

82:52

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

80:39

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

79:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Kaspars Gorkss.

77:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 7, Bolton Wanderers 0. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner following a fast break.

75:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Adam Le Fondre.

75:02

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but David Ngog is caught offside.

73:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 6, Bolton Wanderers 0. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

72:42

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

72:42

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

71:47

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:47

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

69:19

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.

68:56

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:56

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Mark Davies.

65:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

65:08 Booking

Booking Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:40

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

64:40

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:40

Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

63:10

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

62:23

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

62:23

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Medo replaces Darren Pratley.

59:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 5, Bolton Wanderers 0. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a corner.

59:40

Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

59:07

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

58:16

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:16

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

57:30

Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

54:43

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:43

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

53:58 Booking

Booking Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

53:48

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

53:48

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:46

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a headed pass.

51:24

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

51:24

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:53

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

49:53

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:23

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

47:30

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

47:30

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 +1:16

Hand ball by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

45:00 +0:27

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

45:00 +0:02

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

44:16

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:16

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

43:17

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a headed pass.

41:59

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

41:59

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 4, Bolton Wanderers 0. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

39:15

Penalty conceded by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

38:27

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:27

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

38:05

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

38:05

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:07

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:07

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

35:58

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

34:08

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

34:08

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary following a fast break.

31:44

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

30:38

Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:38

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

29:11

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:11

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

28:06

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

27:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a headed pass.

25:09

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

25:09

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:23

Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:23

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

22:45

David Ngog (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:45

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

21:47

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Ngog.

21:43

Attempt blocked. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross.

21:02

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

21:02

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:49

Delay in match Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

16:10

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Zat Knight.

15:35

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

14:35

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

14:23

Attempt saved. David Ngog (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:30

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

11:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner.

11:08

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but David Ngog is caught offside.

8:54

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

8:19

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

8:19

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:49

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

5:12

Attempt blocked. David Ngog (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

0:24

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:24

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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