Reading 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 18, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Yanic Wildschut came off the bench to score the winning goal, as Bolton maintained their unbeaten start to the league season with a 1-0 victory at Reading.

Having beaten West Bromwich Albion on the opening day, before drawing at home to Bristol City last weekend, Wanderers went travelled to the Madejski Stadium on the back of a Carabao Cup defeat at Leeds United on Tuesday.

There appeared to be an Elland Road hangover in an uninspriring first-half, but that all changed within three minutes of the restart as Wildschut, on as a substitute for Will Buckley, raced clean through on goal before slotting calmly beyond Vito Mannone in the Reading goal.

Phil Parkinson made 10 changes to the side that lost at Leeds United on Tuesday, as he reverted back to the same team that began at home to Bristol City seven days ago.

There was little to call in the early exchanges, with nine minutes on the clock before the first opportunity of note fell the way of the hosts.

That arrived courtesy of a free-kick from John Swift, but Ben Alnwick reacted early to the delivery and made a routine one-handed save.

The Royals were in the ascendancy at this stage and were in on goal again moments later, only for David Wheater to track back superbly to deny Marc McNulty a clean strike.

The same duo were involved again in the next attack, with a challenge from the Wanderers defender earning him a yellow card.

Sam Baldock was next to try his luck for the hosts, firing high and wide on 20 minutes at the end of a move instigated by Liam Kelly.

Alnwick was required to deny Reading again four minutes later, this time keeping out a tame effort from Yakou Meite, shortly before a mistake from Mark Beevers put Meite in on goal once more. However, with only Alnwick left to beat, Wheater once again appeared from out of nowhere to make a last-ditch challenge to keep the game goalless.

Bolton's first chance of the afternoon came with 33 minutes on the clock, as Josh Magennis outmuscled Paul McShane before laying the ball off to Buckley, whose shot was straight at Mannone in the opposition goal.

The ball was soon back down the other end of the field though, and Alnwick again frustrated the home team as he got down to push away a goalbound strike from Baldock.

Magennis shot straight at Mannone in a rare venture forward for the Trotters as the half drew to a close, with the sides going in at the end of the half just as they began it - 0-0.

There was one change as the players emerged for the start of the second period, as Bolton introduced Wildschut in place of Buckley.

The on-loan Norwich City midfielder made his presence felt within four minutes, as he broke clear of the Reading defence to latch on to a pass from Craig Noone and slot into the bottom corner of the net.

Wildschut was involved again two minutes later, although this time his strike rolled harmlessly wide of the target, moments before David Meyler fired over at the other end as Reading went in search of an equaliser.

Baldock curled an effort wide on the hour, shortly before Swift fired over, as the home supporters began the voice their frustration at their team's display.

Both teams made substitutions as they looked to change the course of the game, with Reading desperate to find a way through a stubborn and well-drilled Bolton defence.

There was to be one last chance and it did fall the way of the visitors, with Wildschut, who would ultimately prove to be the matchwinner, cutting in from the left before shooting inches wide of the far post.

Victory for Bolton sees them move into 5th place in the Championship table, with a Wednesday evening fixture at home to Birmingham City next up for Parkinson's men.

Reading: Mannone, Yiadom, McShane, Moore, Blackett, Kelly, Meyler (Bacuna 73), Meite, Swift (Popa 85), McNulty (Bodvarsson 73), Baldock
Subs Not Used: Walker, O'Shea, Ilori, Clement
Booked: Blackett, Kelly

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Lowe, Murphy (O'Neil 65), Vela, Buckley (Wildschut 46), Noone (Donaldson 81), Magennis
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Oztumer, Wilson, Grounds
Booked: Wheater
Goals: Wildschut 48

Referee: James Linington
Attendance: 13,318

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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