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Reading 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton winger Yanic Wildschut
Yanic Wildschut also scored Bolton's winner at West Brom on the opening day of the season

Bolton Wanderers maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship season as they beat Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading almost led through Yakou Meite before David Wheater cleared, while at the other end Vito Mannone saved Will Buckley's close-range effort.

Yanic Wildschut gave the visitors the lead after the break when he latched on to Craig Noone's through ball to coolly finish.

The Royals came close to a late equaliser when John Swift played Jon Dadi Bodvarsson into space, but Jason Lowe cleared the danger.

Meite was one of three Reading players to come off injured in their midweek EFL Cup win against Birmingham City but the winger recovered in time for the visit of Bolton.

The Trotters, fresh from making 10 changes in their cup defeat by Leeds, added to Reading's misery as they consigned them to a third consecutive defeat.

Reading have not lost their first three games in a league campaign since 1959-60, but they offered little to threaten Bolton's back line, particularly after Wildschut found the net.

It was the first time Bolton have beaten Reading outside the top flight since October 1996, a game in which Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson featured for the Royals.

Reading boss Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"[I'm] really unhappy. Three games have gone by now and we've not got one point on the board after the performances we've put in.

"I can't stand here and say we've been unlucky - we've not done well enough. That's the reason we haven't got any points on the board.

"Of course there were some good things, and territorially we were in and around their box a lot, but we couldn't find that moment of quality. I've got to do much better as manager of this team, coaching them better to find solutions against a team that come like that, play direct football, get their goal from an awful mistake and then just camp behind it."

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson said:

"I'm absolutely delighted with that. It was a hard game and we had to push ourselves to get the result.

"They were hot, humid and sticky conditions and we've had to push ourselves right to the wire.

"This really gives us something to build on, even though it's still early in the season. Psychologically, that's a great boost for us."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 3Yiadom
  • 5McShane
  • 6Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 25mins
  • 38KellyBooked at 65mins
  • 8MeylerSubstituted forBacunaat 73'minutes
  • 21Meite
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forPopaat 85'minutes
  • 29McNultySubstituted forBödvarssonat 73'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 7Bacuna
  • 20Ilori
  • 22Clement
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 25Popa
  • 28Walker

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31WheaterBooked at 11mins
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Vela
  • 4Lowe
  • 15MurphySubstituted forO'Neilat 65'minutes
  • 12NooneSubstituted forDonaldsonat 81'minutes
  • 28Magennis
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forWildschutat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Oztumer
  • 8Donaldson
  • 18Wilson
  • 19O'Neil
  • 20Matthews
  • 29Grounds
  • 30Wildschut
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
13,318

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Attempt missed. Adrian Popa (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gary O'Neil.

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Attempt missed. Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Magennis with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Adrian Popa replaces John Swift.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Josh Magennis is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Craig Noone.

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

Foul by Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers).

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

Foul by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading).

Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Marc McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Leandro Bacuna replaces David Meyler.

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Vela with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Meyler (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Gary O'Neil replaces Luke Murphy.

Booking

Liam Kelly (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

Sam Baldock (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Reading. David Meyler tries a through ball, but Yakou Meite is caught offside.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Yanic Wildschut (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough431082610
2Leeds33009279
3West Brom421113767
4Aston Villa32107437
5Bolton32105327
6Swansea32103127
7Nottm Forest41305416
8Sheff Utd420257-26
9Millwall31204315
10Blackburn31203215
11Brentford21106244
12Wigan31117704
13Preston31113304
14Derby310247-33
15Rotherham310227-53
16Ipswich302134-12
17Birmingham302123-12
18Stoke302146-22
19Bristol City302135-22
20Sheff Wed201134-11
21Norwich301268-21
22Hull301225-31
23Reading300314-30
24QPR3003210-80
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