Championship
Bolton1Reading1

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Reading: Jack Hobbs snatches point for hosts

Oliveira joined Reading on loan from Norwich last week
Nelson Oliveira celebrates putting Reading ahead from the spot - but it was not enough for all three points

Bolton defender Jack Hobbs headed his first goal in more than five years to earn his side a late point against Championship relegation rivals Reading.

The visitors looked set to climb out of the bottom three after Nelson Oliveira's penalty gave them a 75th-minute lead at the University of Bolton Stadium.

But Hobbs - who last found the net for Nottingham Forest in September 2013 - nodded in Sammy Ameobi's injury-time cross to salvage a draw that keeps both sides in the relegation zone.

The late equaliser ended Wanderers' run of three straight league defeats, although they have now recorded just one win from their past 18 games.

Reading were indebted to on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who kept the home side at bay with a string of fine saves on his debut.

The Argentine denied Clayton Donaldson, Gary O'Neil and teenager Luca Connell, while Reading's best chance of the first half came when Sone Aluko's shot was blocked on the line and deflected over by Andrew Taylor.

But the Royals edged in front when Pawel Olkowski fouled substitute Garath McLeary and Oliveira - who joined Reading on loan from Norwich last week - beat Remi Matthews from the spot.

However, Phil Parkinson's side continued to press and gained their reward when Hobbs headed past Martinez in the second minute of added time.

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"The first half was even. We knew they'd have possession and take risks at the back. We pressed them high and got in good positions, but our selection of passing wasn't as good as it needed to be.

"We were terrific at the start of the second half, had some great chances and they weren't really in the game, although they were always going to be dangerous on the break.

"It was a soft penalty and we were unlucky to get that given against us, but the lads were brilliant to get back into it."

Reading head coach Jose Gomes told BBC Berkshire:

"We were very near to winning and after 90 minutes we were winning, but we should have killed the game before. The situations we created, we should score more and if we scored, we wouldn't suffer like we suffer now.

"We played with enough quality and offensively we created enough situations to win this game. The goal is not just to get possession and control the game, it's to score.

"They (the new players) all did well. Nelson was very tired, he complained about muscle pains but hopefully he'll recover for the next match.

"We are disappointed with the result but we are full of confidence in these players and we need to help them now in the next three days."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 16OlkowskiSubstituted forMagennisat 79'minutes
  • 31Wheater
  • 14Hobbs
  • 3TaylorBooked at 58mins
  • 4Lowe
  • 48ConnellSubstituted forPritchardat 72'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 19O'Neil
  • 12NooneBooked at 35minsSubstituted forBuckleyat 67'minutes
  • 8Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 11Buckley
  • 15Murphy
  • 27Williams
  • 28Magennis
  • 29Grounds
  • 34Pritchard

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 2GunterBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMcClearyat 61'minutes
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 3Yiadom
  • 35RinomhotaBooked at 60mins
  • 7Bacuna
  • 14Aluko
  • 10SwiftBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBlackettat 83'minutes
  • 17Barrow
  • 22OliveiraSubstituted forLoaderat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12McCleary
  • 15Harriott
  • 16Baker
  • 18Ejaria
  • 24Blackett
  • 28Walker
  • 43Loader
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
12,195

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Reading 1.

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Reading 1. Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Pritchard.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Nélson Oliveira (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by William Buckley.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Tyler Blackett replaces John Swift.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Magennis replaces Pawel Olkowski.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Reading 1. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Reading. Garath McCleary draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Joe Pritchard replaces Luca Connell.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

Hand ball by Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Remi Matthews.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Craig Noone.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Swift with a through ball.

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds29176649311857
2Norwich29159554381654
3Sheff Utd29156848311751
4West Brom28148657352250
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Blackburn29111084041-143
9Nottm Forest29101274233942
10Aston Villa29101275346742
11Swansea29118104035541
12Birmingham2991374336740
13Hull29117114138340
14QPR28116113439-539
15Stoke2991193337-438
16Preston2999114545036
17Sheff Wed2898113345-1235
18Brentford28810104339434
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan2985162944-1529
21Rotherham29510142848-2025
22Reading2959153244-1224
23Bolton2958161943-2423
24Ipswich2939172350-2718
View full Championship table

Top Stories