Tortters to host Royals after shootout winMartin Kuhl's under-21s side now know they will travel to Bolton Wanderers in the next round of the Premier League Under-21 Cup, a competition that the Royals won in its inaugural year last season in glorious style.
Goals from Dominic Samuel, Tariqe Fosu and Andrija Novakovich earned the Royals' youngsters a 3-0 win over QPR at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park late last month, beginning the defence of their title with a very good win.
And on Friday night, Bolton came out victors after a humdinger of a tie at Wigan to earn the right to host the cup holders in a tie which is expected to take place later this month.
Georg Iliev was Wanderers' hero scoring a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw against the Latics and the Trotters had goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons to thank for their progression into the last sixteen after he saved two penalties in the shootout to set up a home tie against the Royals.
Kuhl's men have met Bolton before this season and will have work to do if they are to make it into the quarter-finals, having lost 3-1 at home to the Trotters with an inexperienced side back in September.
A date has not yet been confirmed, but the tie is set to be arranged for later this month, with the under-21s otherwise ending their competitive fixture schedule for 2014 in winning style, recording a 3-1 win over Wolves at Madejski Stadium on Friday evening - Samuel (two) and Fosu on the scoresheet once more.