Adkins happy with frontmanManager Nigel Adkins gave Nick Blackman a start up front against Bolton, and saw the frontman reward him with an excellently-taken penalty for his first goal in Reading colours.
It was something of a baptism of fire for the striker - still only 23 - up against experienced centre halves David Wheater and Zat Knight. But the Mancunian responded with a coolly-taken spot kick that will do his confidence the world of good.
Adkins said, "He had a good pre-season, he was unavailable last weekend due to suspension and as always we look at the team we're playing against, I looked at their centre halves and wanted Nicholas to present a problem in one way.
"I knew he wouldn't be able to last the game because he's only had 60 minutes in pre-season and we had Alfie to come on and present their defenders a different problem. That was the game plan and Alfie had that one chance but the goalkeeper made a good save. I was thinking 'goal' because he scores all time!