We’ll be welcoming a former skipper into the opposition dugout on Saturday – Phil Parkinson brings his Bolton Wanderers team here as we aim to make it back-to-back wins.
Royals boss Paul Clement is certainly familiar with Parky’s status at Madejski Stadium… his brother Neil was a loanee here during the 1998-99 campaign.
“I remember coming to watch him play here – that was during a period when my brother was here on loan in the late 1990s,” Clement said.
“He was captain of the side, and he used to run over to the far side and get a rapturous applause from the Reading fans.
“And then he’d play with his heart on his sleeve. Nigel Gibbs was telling me that he used to play with a gumshield in!
“He was a tough player and a great servant for this club, and I look forward to coming up against him for the first time as a manager.”
Our season went down to the final day last season… but Bolton’s went down to the final two minutes. Aaron Wilbraham’s 88th-minute goal kept the Trotters afloat in the closing game of the campaign.
This year has been more positive, so far – an away win on the opening day and a draw to follow up.
“Bolton scored that goal really late on that kept them in the Championship… and this year they have started brilliantly,” he continued.
“They got that win away at West Brom on the opening day… a result that no-one expected. West Brom had a massive amount of possession of the ball but Bolton were clinical with their finishing.
“They’re a dangerous side and they’re full of confidence after picking up four points from their first two games.
“They are efficient and they know what their strengths are. They do it well; they have a strong target man up front, they get the ball out wide and get crosses in. They are solid defensively and we’ll have to play well if we’re going to get a good result.
"Bolton have quite a direct style; they are physical and will work hard on set-plays and on second balls. They'll try to get crosses in too. All of those things we'll need to be good at stopping.
"And we'll try to continue developing offensively. We have developed in every game that we've played and scored some fantastic goals."
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