Manager reflects on Reebok point
"I thought we could have won the game," he said. "We've come away from home to what will be difficult place for any team to come to this season, and we were strong, fit and created a lot of opportunities.
The Royals earned their point from the penalty spot after referee Carl Boyeson had spotted David Wheater's second half handball in the box, but there were appeals for penalties and free kicks at both ends in a match that didn't disappoint from an entertainment perspective.
"The referee had a lot of decisions to make today and it was a challenging match for him, but we'll sit down and take a look back at the game in the cold light of day and we'll probably see some he's got right and some he's got wrong, for both sides."
One of those decisions was to hand Royston Drenthe a yellow card as he tumbled over a challenge inside the Bolton box late on, but the boss explained, "I had a word with Royston about that and there was contact but he should have carried on.
"We had a chat about it, he's well aware we don't want to do that at Reading and he apologised to the referee. He's kicking himself because although there was contact he could have carried on.
"But Royston was a massive threat today, a great talent to see on the pitch. And how many times was he fouled?! Quite a few!
"That was the gameplan and we had a real desire to go and win the game of football and not just sit back and defend. The signs are very promising for the rest of the season."