Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Reading

  • March 03, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Jamie Mackie scored in the final minute of stoppage time, as Reading came from behind to draw 1-1 against a patched up Bolton at Macron Stadium.

With Neil Lennon already choosing from a paper-thin squad, he was forced into making three substitutions before half-time as Kevin McNaughton, David Wheater and Zach Clough all left the field with injuries that looked serious upon immediate inspection.

Despite suffering that triple blow, Wanderers broke the deadlock on the hour when Eidur Gudjohnsen slotted home from close range, but Reading took a point from their journey up north when Mackie's shot from the edge of the box squirmed into the bottom corner of Ben Amos' goal with just seconds remaining.

Following on from Saturday's victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, Lennon made two changes to his starting line-up with Kevin McNaughton and Saidy Janko taking the places of Josh Vela and Emile Heskey.

The game started on a slow note, with Wanderers creating the first opportunity as David Wheater headed wide from a Liam Feeney corner.

McNaughton was left off the field clutching the back of his leg with 10 minutes on the clock, but play continued and ten-man Bolton fashioned two chances through Barry Bannan and Feeney, only to see them both blocked.

After receiving treatment at pitchside, McNaughton left on a stretcher and was replaced by Vela with just 12 minutes played.

Amos was forced into action for the first time midway through the half, keeping out a harmless strike from Mackie, before injury again halted the game as Wheater appeared to hurt his hamstring in his attempts to get in the way of that shot.

He was replaced by Dorian Dervite, with Wanderers left with just one remaining substitution after just 25 minutes of football.

Dervite was involved in the thick of the action within moments of his introduction, as he put his body on the line to block Garath McCleary's goalbound shot, before Zach Clough was denied by Adam Federici after he was played in by Janko.

Federici was at his best to deny former Royals forward Adam Le Fondre a goal against his ex-employers, producing a smart stop after Matt Mills, himself a former Reading player, had seen a header cleared off the line.

Bolton were again forced to play with 10 men when Clough left the field on 42 minutes and he was replaced by Gudjohnsen in the final minute of the half, after suffering what was later revealed to be a dislocated shoulder.

In the time he was off the pitch, Bannan flashed a shot inches wide of the post, in a half which ended with boos directed at match referee Mark Haywood.

Reading, who kept the same 11 at the start of the second period, came close to taking the lead inside 60 seconds of the restart as Mackie dragged a shot just wide of Amos' far post after forcing his way into the box.

Alex Pearce headed wide soon after, before Janko and Mills both came close to scoring at the other end following crosses from Feeney.

Then, with an hour on the clock, the depleted home side took the lead as a hustling run from Le Fondre ended with him squaring the ball across the face of goal for Gudjohnsen to slot past Federici from close range.

Dervite, Danns and Le Fondre were all denied in their attempts to double Bolton's lead as the game approached the final 20 minutes, but Reading showed they were still in the game when Bannan was alert to clear Simon Cox's effort off the line.

Janko and Pavel Pogrebnyak fired wide at each end as the game looked set to end in victory for the hosts, while Bannan came close to scoring a goal his performance deserved by seeing a shot charged down at the end of a weaving run.

Three minutes of added time were signalled at the end of the regulation 90 and there was a sour taste to be left in Bolton mouths, as Mackie managed to find the bottom corner of Amos' net in the final seconds to claim a point that had looked beyond Reading for the majority of the evening.

The draw means both sides remain as they were in the Championship table, with both now level on 41 points. Bolton return to action next Wednesday, when they face near neighbours Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, McNaughton (Vela 12), Mills, Wheater (Dervite 25), Ream, Janko, Danns, Bannan, Feeney, Clough (Gudjohnsen 44), Le Fondre
Subs Not Used: Moxey, Eaves, Fitzsimons, Walker
Booked: Dervite
Goals: Gudjohnsen 60

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Hector, Pearce, Obita, Mackie, Norwood, Chalobah (Williams 78), Robson-Kanu (Cox 69), McCleary (Blackman 68), Pogrebnyak
Subs Not Used: Kelly, Yakubu, Andersen, Cooper
Booked: Norwood, Pogrebnyak
Goals: Mackie 90+3

Referee: Mark Haywood
Attendance: 12,795

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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