Winger reflects on victory in Bolton and his stunning winnerDespite dominating the game in its entirety, Reading’s visit to Bolton on Saturday wasn’t decided until the final minute of the 90 when winger Ola John grasped the nettle and unleashed an unstoppable strike for the game’s only goal.
Reading had had a chance to take a lead when Matej Vydra was fouled in the box – Rob Holding seeing red for the challenge, leaving Reading at a numerical advantage – but the Czech striker’s penalty was saved. Oliver Norwood smashed inches wide, Stephen Quinn hit the post and Simon Cox had a six-yard header saved – all before the Dutchman struck a late stunner - take a look below!
“I had a little bit of space, and sometimes that’s all you need!” said match-winner John. “A few weeks ago against Huddersfield I did the same and it gave me confidence to try again.
“It’s a big relief for us; we needed the three points as well. It’s a bit different coming off the bench but if you score a last minute winner it’s a big relief for me and the team of course.
“After the penalty chance, we didn’t give up and you saw what happened in the last few minutes. You always have to keep going and keep trying to the very last second of the game.”
“It was quite a tough game – people would think when you have a one man advantage it makes the game easier, but it’s the opposite. After we missed the penalty we had a lot of good chances, but their coach changed the tactics, he made it really tight and hard for us to find opportunities.
“In the last minute of the game I took a chance and the shot went in. I think we deserved the win but it’s not always that easy.”
There isn’t much in the way of turnaround time now for Reading; Nottingham Forest visit on Tuesday, before Birmingham City come to town on Saturday as Madejski Stadium hosts a double-header of fixtures.
“We only have a couple of days before Nottingham Forest,” he continued.
“We need to train hard and be ready for the next game and now all our focus is on the clash with Forest.”