A look at some recent victories over BoltonSaturday sees Bolton visit the Madejski as the Royals look to bounce back after an away defeat to Cardiff before the international break.
In 2014/15 the two sides could not be separated when they met, drawing on both occasions. The first time Reading and Bolton ever crossed paths was on the 21st of February 1901 in the F.A Cup, the Royals coming away 1-0 winners that day in Bolton. The teams did not meet in league action until 1984 at Elm Park where the Royals were again victors, winning 3-1 in front of the home fans. Ahead of this weekend we look back at some more recent victories over the Trotters.
Reading 7-1 Bolton Wanderers
18th January 2014 Sky Bet Championship
In early 2014 the Royals met Bolton at Madejski Stadium with the Trotters struggling in the bottom half of the table sitting 18th. The Royals were bidding to push into the playoff positions as they looked to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, after relegation in 2012/13. Despite their lowly position Bolton had been on a decent run of form before their trip to the Mad Stad, only losing one of their previous six games, that though, was about to change.
The Royals fans only had to wait until the twelfth minute before Adam Le Fondre fired them into the lead and the home side did not look back. 16 minutes later and Le Fondre had found his and Reading’s second, when he latched on the Pavel Progrebnyak’s flick. The striker completed his hat-trick five minutes later tapping home from Garath McCleary’s pass to net his tenth of the season and effectively put the game beyond doubt.
Reading were far from finished though and made it four before half time when Progrebnyak coolly dispatched from the penalty spot. The second half saw no let up from the home side with Kapsars Gorkss stabbing his finish beyond Lonergan on the hour mark. Hope Akpan was next to find the net for the Royals when he lashed his finish home from close range to make it six. Nick Blackman added a seventh 12 minutes from time when his deflected effort arced past the despairing keeper. Despite a consolation from David N’Gog late on for the visitors the damage had already been done, with the Royals securing a memorable and emphatic victory.
Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Reading
21st April 2007 Barclaycard Premiership
The Royals faced a difficult task when visiting Sam Allardyce’s Bolton towards the end of the 2007 season. The home side were firm favourites with Nicolas Anelka in a rich vein of forn for the Trotters, and when Nicky Shorey diverted Nicolas Anelka's effort in with 15 minutes left, Bolton looked to be easing to victory.
Three goals in the last 10 minutes however sealed a dramatic and unlikely Reading comeback at the Reebok Stadium.
The turnaround began when Abdoulaye Meite hauled down Kevin Doyle inside the box leaving the Irishman to level from the spot making no mistake. Doyle then took advantage of some sloppy defending from the home side to poke home from close range and hand the Royals the lead on the 89th minute. A minute later Stephen Hunt completed the win with a header, handing the Royals a top tier away win to remember and leaving the Bolton players manager and fans shell shocked.
Reading 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
2nd December 2006 Barclaycard Premiership
The Royals headed in to the game in a fine run of form having won three games on the spin before welcoming Bolton to the Madejski. Bolton, who had been defeated narrowly at home by Chelsea the previous week, were looking to bounce back away from home. Steve Coppell’s side were in no mood to make it easy for the visitors however and dominated the first half taking a deserved lead through Kevin Doyle on the 33rd minute.
Just after the half hour mark John Oster skipped inside Stelios and clipped a lovely ball to the far post where Doyle rose high to nod cleverly back across goal and into the corner leaving Jaaskelainen with no chance. The Royals also went close when Oster blazed over, before Leroy Lita forced a fine late save from Jussi Jaaskelainen. The win took the Royals to a four match winning run, heading into the Christmas period in strong form. Steve Clarke's men will be hoping for something similar this weekend!