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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Reading v Bolton Wanderers

6 March 2018

Wanderers are back on the road on Tuesday night as they travel to Reading in the Sky Bet Championship

With only goal difference separating the two sides heading into the game, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' trip to the Madejski Stadium.

1. Away form

Having lost just twice at home in the Sky Bet Championship since September, Wanderers will be hoping to to replicate that form on their travels as they look to finish the season strongly.

The Whites have one away win to their name so far this campaign, coming away at Sheffield United in late-December, but did claim an encouraging point in their last outing on the road away at Norwich City..

Bolton also showed their strength on the road last year as they clinched promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking, often backed by a large, vocal away support.

And with many of their standout performances coming away from home, the Trotters will be eager to replicate some of last season's memorable results with every last point vital between now and the end of the season.  

2. Returning duo

Mark Little and Karl Henry will both be back in contention for our midweek trip to Berkshire with them having served their respective suspensions.

Little, who received a three-game ban for his red card in our clash against Queens Park Rangers last month at Loftus Road, has played 28 games for the Trotters so far this term, scoring once.

Henry meanwhile - who was handed a two-game ban for ten yellow cards - has figured 23 times to date since joining the Whites back in September, also notching once, with the duo's respective returns giving manager Phil Parkinson food for thought.

3. Former Royals

Tuesday evening's game will see a number of former Reading men return to the Madejski in the form of the manager alongside Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre and Andrew Taylor.

The gaffer spent eleven years with the Royals between 1992 and 2003, making almost 400 appearances for the Berkshire outfit before hanging up his boots.

Karacan enjoyed eight years as a Reading first team player having come up through their youth ranks, with striker Le Fondre impressing during a three-year stint with our latest opponents between 2011 and 2014, scoring 41 goals in the blue and white shirt.

Finally, Taylor had a stint with the Madejski Stadium outfit in 2015/16.

4. Attacking options

With Sammy Ameobi a doubt for Tuesday's clash with a back injury, his possible absence could see a different attacking line-up for the Whites.

Zach Clough and Adam Le Fondre were both unused substitutes at the weekend against Preston North End, and with places potentially up for grabs tonight, the pair will be chomping at the bit to feature in this crunch clash, particularly the latter given his links to our latest opponets.

5. Pay on the day

Tickets will be available to purchase on the night at the Madejski Stadium.

Kicking off at 8pm, tickets will be able to purchase from the South Stand Ticket Office via cash or card from 6.30pm onwards. There will be no price increase with the non-season ticket holder/member price in place on the night.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Reading for collection or have their tickets duplicated will also be available to be collect from the South Stand Ticket Office.

MATCHDAY PRICES

Adults: £25
Over-65s: £16
Under-25s: £13
Under-18s: £8

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Match Reports

Report: Reading 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

6 March 2018

Adam Le Fondre returned to his old hunting ground to earn Bolton Wanderers a point after coming from behind against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium.

In truth the visitors can count themselves unlucky not to have claimed all three points as they dominated possession and proceedings against the lacklustre Royals.

Mo Barrow scored against the run of play to put the hosts in the driving seat but Le Fondre, who was a constant thorn in the side of his former club, equalised on the stroke of half time.

A new look Wanderers controlled play but were unable to force home what would have been a deserved winner.

Team News

Jan Kirchhoff and Jon Flanagan were handed their first starts in Wanderers colours as manager Phil Parkinson rang the changes for the Sky Bet Championship clash against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Only four players retained their starting roles from the weekend’s defeat against Preston with Andrew Taylor, Adam Le Fondre, Will Buckley, Karl Henry and Reece Burke joining the two debutants.

Henry, returned from a two-game suspension to bolster the midfield alongside captain Darren Pratley. There was no place in the squad for David Wheater, Sammy Ameobi, Josh Vela and Tyler Walker who all featured in Wanderers’ previous match.

First Half

The visitors opened the game in a positive manner earning an early corner after some good work on the right hand side by Filipe Morais.

In fact, Wanderers had the majority of possession during the opening exchanges with play largely centred in Reading’s third of the pitch.

A slip in the box from 17 year-old debutant Tom Holmes give Adam Le Fondre a double chance but his strikes were cleared much to the relief of the youngster.

The play shifted to the other end of the park and a misplaced pass from Morais  almost let in Chris Martin whose effort landed on the roof of the Wanderers net.

That opening seemed to spark the Royals into life and they won a free kick on the edge of the box after Pratley tripped up Liam Kelly. Aluko took the free-kick but blazed high and wide over the bar.

A stunning save from Annssi Jaakkola kept out Le Fondre whose powerful drive seemed destined for the top corner but for the fingertips of the goalkeeper.

Yet another mistake from the Reading midfield let in Le Fondre who charged on goal with only the keeper to beat; however, his left footed strike went over the bar.

However, it was the Royals who took the lead through Mo Barrow who cantered down the right hand side shrugging off a couple of challenges to shoot past Alnwick from a tight angle.

Wanderers had another golden chance to get on the scoresheer just before the break but Buckley hesitated near the penalty spot to allow a Reading defender to clear for a corner.

But the miss mattered not for less than 60 seconds later Le Fondre atoned for his earlier misses to bundle the ball home after beating his marker to get to Morais’ cross on the cusp of half time.

Second Half

The visitors, who were backed by a vociferous travelling support of 484 fans, earned an early corner after the restart which Morais pumped into the box. Although Jaakola got a flailing fist to it the Royals struggled to get rid of the ball which left Wanderers on the front foot for a while, eventually earning another corner.

Alnwick made a brave save – taking a full blooded knock to the chest – to prevent Barrow from charging down on goal.

A good passage of play, with some fluid passing, saw Taylor enjoy a chance from distance. His right-footed volley wasn’t that far away either!

Wanderers were again taking control of the match thanks to their powerhouse midfield which was superbly marshalled by Kirchhoff.

Parkinson made his first change with Noone coming on for Morais after 66 minutes.

Four minutes later and Karacan replaced the impressive Kirchhoff.

Le Fondre with his back to goal swung around and wasn’t too far away from testing Jaakkola.

Wanderers made their final change with ten minutes remaining when Buckley made way for Wilbraham.

The changes saw Wanderers gather the initiative once again and they won a series of corners to turn up the heat on Reading as they strove for a winner.

Alnwick was pressed into making a routine save from substitute John Swift as the hosts  had a rare foray into the Wanderers half.

Noone had a strike on goal after Beevers broke in the final third but the sub hit his shot straight at Jaakkola.

A late surge from Reading saw them win a corner in the dying embers of the game but the Wanderers defence held firm.

Sadly, that elusive goal didn’t come and Wanderers had to settle for the point. However, their performance was immeasurably better than Saturday’s contest against Preston and with Sheffield Wednesday on their travels at the weekend, Parkinson will be hoping for more of the same.

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Ticket News

Pay on the day confirmed for Reading

5 March 2018

Tickets for Wanderers' trip to Reading on Tuesday will be available to purchase on the night at the Madejski Stadium.

Kicking off at 8pm, tickets will be able to purchase from the South Stand Ticket Office via cash or card from 6.30pm onwards. There will be no price increase with the non-season ticket holder/member price in place on the night.

Any supporters who have organised for their tickets to be sent to Reading for collection or have their tickets duplicated will also be available to be collect from the South Stand Ticket Office.

The club received an allocation of 725 tickets for the Whites’ trip to the Madejski Stadium, while advance tickets remain on sale in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 10am on the day of the game, subject to availability.

MATCHDAY PRICES

Adults: £25
Over-65s: £16
Under-25s: £13
Under-18s: £8

 

ADVANCE PRICES

Prices (Season ticket holders and members)

Adults: £20
Over-65s: £13
Under-25s: £10
Under-18s: £5

Prices (Non-season ticket holders)

Adults: £25
Over-65s: £16
Under-25s: £13
Under-18s: £8

Family Area Ticket Prices*

Two adults and two Under-18s: £42

Two adults and one Under-18: £39

One adult and two Under-18s: £26

One adult and one Under-18: £22

 

Official coach travel is available, costing £25 per person. All coaches depart Macron Stadium at 12:30pm.

How To Buy

Phone: 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person: Visit Bolton Central

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