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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Reading

Ola John
Ola John started his senior career at Dutch club FC Twente

Substitute Ola John grabbed a last-gasp winner for Reading to sink 10-man Bolton and push them closer to relegation from the Championship.

The hosts, now potentially one game from the drop, were soon a man down after Rob Holding's red card.

Matej Vydra saw the resulting penalty saved by Ben Amos, while Reading twice hit the woodwork in the second half.

Caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips looked to have secured his first point in charge of Bolton until John's 35-yard stunner.

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Bottom-of-the-table Wanderers' plight was underlined by the team selection of Phillips, who was given interim charge following the exit of Neil Lennon.

Five of Bolton's starting line-up were homegrown academy players and their inexperience showed as they rarely threatened, with Zach Clough's shot straight at former Trotters favourite, Ali Al Habsi, as close as they came.

Reading did the majority of the attacking, but Vydra headed over when it seemed easier to score, while ex-Manchester United keeper Amos saved with his legs as the Czech Republic star burst through.

But after Dutchman John missed a sitter, his brilliant long-range effort helped Reading to a first win in six matches to lift them up to 13th in the table.

Bolton boss Jimmy Phillips:

"I have just got to get the team playing as well as it can until the end of the season, picking up as many points as we can.

"As a club we have got to make sure, whatever league we are playing in next season, we start off positively. We can only do that by ending this season as well as we can.

"We don't want it to fade out and drift away. We want to finish with some team performances where all 11 players are working for each other."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

"It was a fabulous goal to end it and Ola John has got that ability and skill.

"He has got that something special in the locker and that's why we brought him on. To bring him off the bench was a real bonus.

"We had a little spell in the second half but we didn't move the ball quickly enough. And so you need that bit of genius and he produced that.

"We deserved to win but you have got to give credit to Bolton."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 48Maher
  • 45HoldingBooked at 22mins
  • 31Wheater
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Vela
  • 15Derik
  • 23DobbieSubstituted forTrotterat 30'minutes
  • 21PratleyBooked at 85mins
  • 10CloughSubstituted forHeskeyat 89'minutes
  • 30WoolerySubstituted forDannsat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Rachubka
  • 16Davies
  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 19Heskey
  • 25Wilson
  • 43Samizadeh

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 40mins
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 6Norwood
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7VydraSubstituted forCoxat 71'minutes
  • 21QuinnBooked at 74mins
  • 29KermorgantBooked at 27mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Evans
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 20John
  • 31Cox
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
13,469

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home4
Away22
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Reading 1.

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

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

Foul by Niall Maher (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Reading. Jake Cooper tries a through ball, but Ola John is caught offside.

Booking

Ola John (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Reading 1. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Zach Clough.

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Booking

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Wheater.

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a cross.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

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

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

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Stephen Quinn (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Matej Vydra.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Josh Vela.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Kaiyne Woolery.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul McShane (Reading) because of an injury.

Offside, Reading. Danny Williams tries a through ball, but Stephen Quinn is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Lucas Piazon.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Wheater.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley392113563333076
2Middlesbrough38227951252673
3Brighton391915554371772
4Hull38209954233169
5Sheff Wed391714857362165
6Derby391713952371564
7Cardiff39161495142962
8Ipswich391611124644259
9Birmingham381511124237556
10Preston391414113836256
11QPR391215124946351
12Wolves391213144651-549
13Reading381212144343048
14Leeds381114133847-947
15Blackburn391113153838046
16Nottm Forest391113153439-546
17Brentford38137185159-846
18Huddersfield39129185254-245
19Bristol City391110184062-2243
20Rotherham39126214663-1742
21Fulham39914165965-641
22MK Dons39910203353-2037
23Charlton39811203670-3435
24Bolton39414213669-3326
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