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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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Matej Vydra replaces Nick Blackman.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Orlando Sá (Reading).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Orlando Sá (Reading).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.