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Reading 7-1 Bolton Wanderers

Adam Le Fondre

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.

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Freedman 'embarrassed' by defeat

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.

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."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 5Pearce
  • 17GorkssSubstituted forHectorat 80'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forBlackmanat 66'minutes
  • 16Akpan
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 10Drenthe
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 15BaptisteBooked at 40mins
  • 5Ream
  • 16DaviesBooked at 66minsSubstituted forOdelusiat 67'minutes
  • 4Mills
  • 12Knight
  • 18Danns
  • 6Spearing
  • 9Ngog
  • 21PratleyBooked at 54minsSubstituted forKamaraat 62'minutes
  • 27Lee Chung-yongBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 7Eagles
  • 11Hall
  • 28Davies
  • 33White
  • 38Odelusi
  • 44Kamara
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
18,629

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 7, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 7, Bolton Wanderers 1.

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

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

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

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

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

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.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

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

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Kaspars Gorkss.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Adam Le Fondre.

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

Goal!

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

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

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

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

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

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

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

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Mark Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

Booking

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

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

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

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2618352057
2QPR2615741552
3Burnley2614931951
4Derby2614571647
5Nottm Forest26111141344
6Reading261187941
7Brighton261097739
8Blackburn261079037
9Middlesbrough26998836
10Ipswich26998636
11Wigan251069236
12Leeds2610511035
13Huddersfield269710434
14Blackpool268810-832
15Watford257108531
16Bournemouth268711-1331
17Birmingham267811-229
18Bolton2661010-1128
19Sheff Wed255119-126
20Millwall266713-2325
21Charlton255911-924
22Doncaster266614-2124
23Yeovil255515-1720
24Barnsley254813-1920
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