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Reading 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Adam Le Fondre
Bolton striker Adam Le Fondre played for Reading from 2011 to 2014, scoring 39 goals

Reading and Bolton shared the points at the Madejski Stadium, as both sides did little to ease their Championship relegation worries.

The Royals took the lead through Mo Barrow, following a brilliant solo run and finish from the left winger.

Adam Le Fondre scored against his former club on the stroke of half-time before nearly doubling his tally with a half-volley that flew wide.

The two teams are five points above the drop zone.

Le Fondre, who scored 39 goals in his time at the Madejski Stadium, saw a long-range shot kept out by goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola's finger-tip save in the 26th minute, before he fired over the bar two minutes later.

But it was Barrow who gave the hosts the lead as he demonstrated blistering pace down the left flank before squeezing his shot in from a tight angle.

Le Fondre got the goal he craved with his third attempt, bundling in from close range to bring the sides level at half-time.

Another former Royal, Andrew Taylor, tried to open his goalscoring account for Bolton in the second half when his shot was deflected wide, before a volley with his weaker foot sailed over.

Bolton pressed for the winner and almost got it in the 71st minute through Le Fondre, but his effort on the turn fell wide of the post.

Three of the past 10 goals conceded by Bolton have come in the 90th minute, and that record would have been extended had Taylor not made a goal-line clearance late on.

Both sides have 35 points and are five points above the relegation zone.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"Of course you want to win but that didn't happen so we got at least a point.

"Sometimes you need to get stuck in and we had to do that, especially in the situation that we're in.

"So we got something out of it, which is promising and which is good. If you look at the game, I think 1-1 was a fair result."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"We had some good chances to go ahead before Reading scored and then we conceded against the run of play, which knocked us slightly.

"I thought that we started well in the second half and got in enough good positions which we should have capitalised on, but a point away from home is not the worst.

"Seven changes to the team was a lot but I just felt that I had to shake up the pack and the way the players implemented the way we asked them to play was very good."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 22Clement
  • 57Holmes
  • 6Moore
  • 2Gunter
  • 8EvansBooked at 81mins
  • 16EdwardsBooked at 64mins
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forSwiftat 77'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 17BarrowBooked at 33mins
  • 27MartinSubstituted forBödvarssonat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 4van den Berg
  • 10Swift
  • 20Ilori
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 24Blackett
  • 55Smith

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 14FlanaganBooked at 89mins
  • 32Burke
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 27KirchhoffSubstituted forKaracanat 70'minutes
  • 24HenryBooked at 90mins
  • 22MoraisSubstituted forNooneat 67'minutes
  • 21Pratley
  • 11BuckleyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forWilbrahamat 81'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 4Dervite
  • 8Karacan
  • 12Noone
  • 15Robinson
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 33Howard
  • 40Clough
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
8,631

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home15
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Bolton Wanderers 1.

David Edwards (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Pelle Clement (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match George Evans (Reading) because of an injury.

Foul by George Evans (Reading).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Beevers.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jem Karacan.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by David Edwards.

Foul by David Edwards (Reading).

Jem Karacan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Aaron Wilbraham replaces William Buckley.

Booking

George Evans (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Evans (Reading).

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

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

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

Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Sone Aluko.

Attempt missed. Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Kelly following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by William Buckley.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Chris Martin.

goal

As It Stood

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3Aston Villa35199756322466
4Fulham361811762382465
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough361771250341658
7Bristol City361512953421157
8Preston361415745351057
9Sheff Utd35174144943655
10Brentford3514111052411153
11Millwall361313104337652
12Ipswich35156144744351
13Leeds35147144746149
14Norwich351212113437-348
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR351010153952-1340
17Sheff Wed36813153850-1237
18Reading35811164049-935
19Bolton36811173155-2435
20Hull35712164653-733
21Barnsley35711173550-1532
22Birmingham3686222354-3130
23Burton3578202662-3629
24Sunderland36513183865-2728
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