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Reading 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Danny Williams
American Danny Williams' winning goal leaves Reading just one point off the play-off spots

Bolton slipped to the bottom of the Championship after Danny Williams' first-half strike gave Reading victory.

The spirited visitors started brightly but their former goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi denied Shola Ameobi, Mark Davies and Darren Pratley.

A defensive error then saw Lucas Piazon put the Royals ahead before Williams fired low into the net from 25 yards.

Liam Feeney's 80th-minute penalty made it 2-1 but the hosts held on.

Reading's win came a day after manager Steve Clarke had committed his future to the club following interest from Championship rivals Fulham.

It looked like it could be a frustrating day for the hosts with Ameobi having a header saved by Al-Habsi early on before the Royals' keeper then blocked a Davies effort.

The Oman international then pulled off a third crucial save to keep out Pratley's header.

Danny Williams
Williams' long-range strike was his fourth goal of the season

Those three interventions proved vital as Reading's patience was rewarded when a defensive mistake saw Piazon block the attempted clearance of Prince-Desir Gouano before lifting the ball over Ben Amos and into the empty net.

That goal seemed to change the momentum of the game as, after Oliver Norwood tested the palms of Amos, Williams then struck a low shot from 25 yards to make it 2-0 at the break.

Bolton started the second half in similar fashion to the first as Ameobi again went close, this time hitting the crossbar with another header.

Amos then did well to deny Nick Blackman, tipping his volley over the bar before Williams volleyed wide at the other end from outside the box.

And, just moments later, Bolton reduced the deficit through Feeney's penalty after Pratley was brought down in the box by Norwood.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

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Clarke on Reading v Bolton

"It was always going to be a little bit strange for me today, but I've got to say that the crowd got it quite right.

"The reception was cool but nothing more than that. And they got right behind the team, which is all we ask for. I don't think the Fulham talks had any effect on the players.

"The result was good in the context of our season. We're desperate to stay in and around the upper levels of the league and challenge for promotion.

"It was a big win for us after five games without a win. It was really important to us today."

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon:

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Lennon on Reading v Bolton

"We could have been three goals up before we shot ourselves in the foot. Al Habsi's made three very good saves.

"The goals we conceded, we just gave them to Reading. They didn't have to work hard for either goal. The first one was schoolboy stuff from our point of view.

"We didn't look like a team at the bottom of the league but I've been saying that for quite a while now, but I've got to take positives from the defeat. There was a lot of good things that we did.

"We just need a bit of mental strength at both ends of the pitch, which is lacking at the moment."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 8Hector
  • 5McShaneBooked at 6mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 23Williams
  • 6Norwood
  • 12McClearySubstituted forCooperat 79'minutes
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forVydraat 90+3'minutes
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forObitaat 68'minutes
  • 10

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 7Vydra
  • 11Obita
  • 16Hurtado
  • 20John
  • 35Cooper
  • 41Liburd

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 6Vela
  • 2Gouano
  • 31WheaterBooked at 59mins
  • 20Casado
  • 7Feeney
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forClaytonat 65'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 21Pratley
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forHeskeyat 77'minutes
  • 26AmeobiSubstituted forMadineat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dervite
  • 12Clayton
  • 13Rachubka
  • 14Madine
  • 19Heskey
  • 25Wilson
  • 27Twardzik
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
16,420

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Casado tries a through ball, but Emile Heskey is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Matej Vydra replaces Nick Blackman.

Offside, Reading. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Danny Williams is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Foul by Orlando Sá (Reading).

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Casado (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Casado (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Orlando Sá (Reading).

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

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Oliver Norwood (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Attempt blocked. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Wheater.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Neil Danns.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Mark Davies.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Wheater.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Lucas Piazon.

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

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull1710522791835
2Brighton169702112934
3Middlesbrough17103425121333
4Derby1796224111333
5Burnley169522314932
6Birmingham178452418628
7Reading177642518727
8Sheff Wed177642320327
9Cardiff176741714325
10Ipswich176742525025
11Brentford177372324-124
12Fulham175663029121
13Blackburn174851716120
14Wolves175572223-120
15QPR175572225-320
16Leeds174761620-419
17Preston173861215-317
18Nottm Forest174581318-517
19Bristol City173771827-916
20Charlton174491526-1116
21Huddersfield173681726-915
22MK Dons1743101524-915
23Rotherham1733111833-1512
24Bolton171881124-1311
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