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Ref Watch: Scott Duncan to oversee Wanderers' Sky Bet Championship clash against Reading

28 January 2019

Scott Duncan will take charge of Wanderers' Sky Bet Championship home clash against Reading on Tuesday evening at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Entering into his tenth season as a top flight referee, Duncan has officiated 21 games so far this year, in which he has produced 72 yellow cards and secen red cards.

When looking towards last season, Duncan produced 113 yellow cards in 38 games, branding eight red cards in total.

The last time Duncan was in charge a Wanderers match was in December 2018, where he oversaw the Whites' 3-2 away defeat against Norwich City in Sky Bet Championship.

In that fixture, Duncan booked three players in the form of Mario Vrancic for the Canaries, along with Gary O'Neil and Sammy Ameobi for the Whites, before the official sent Ameobi off in the 90th minute.

Philip Dermott and Matthew McGrath will run the line for the fixture, with Peter Bankes acting as fourth official.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Reading

29 January 2019

Jack Hobbs' first goal for the club earned Wanderers a deserved share of the spoils against Reading

The visitors had drawn first blood in the clash, with Nelson Oliveira slotting home from the penalty spot after Modou Barrow had been fouled in the box by Pawel Olkowski.

But Hobbs' header two minutes into injury time ensured that the game ended all square.

Team News

Seventeen-year-old Luca Connell handed his full league debut by Phil Parkinson as he started in midfield.

Joe Pritchard also made the bench after his impressive performance at Bristol City in the Emirates FA Cup.

First Half

Both teams were hungry for the three points, and it was evident in their respective first half displays.

Bolton saw a lot of the possession in the opening 20 minutes, however it was Reading who saw the first real chance of the opening minutes.

It was Modou Barrow who cut the ball back across the Bolton box to Nelson Oliveira, who did everything right, but couldn’t find the net from six yards out.

Connell was impressive early on in his full league debut with some neat touches and passes, and besides the early Oliveira scare, Bolton looked comfortable, with both teams cancelling the others' attacking ideas out.

Sone Aluko had an effort deflected away for a corner in the 41st minute by Andrew Taylor that looked like it was creeping in, with Reading enjoying possession in Bolton’s half as the half drew to its conclusion.

At the break however, the teams went in with the scores goalless.

Second Half

Bolton continued to look the more likely to score in the early stages of the second half.

A 48th minute cross from Craig Noone found Gary O’Neil, but he found no luck with his head.

Connell was quick to show confidence well past his years with a full-volley attempt from just outside the box, which Walker comfortably saved.

Bolton defended maturely and looked dangerous on the attack as Clayton Donaldson dummied a slick pass through to O’Neil, whose shot didn’t trouble the goalkeeper.

Reading’s first chance of the half meanwhile came on the hour mark as Nelson Oliveira fired a shot at goal straight at Remi Matthews which he saved.

Donaldson then produced a brilliant effort, nearly catching Sam Walker out on the volley from 20 yards.

From nowhere though, Reading found themselves a goal up after Olkowski brought down Barrow in the area, resulting in a penalty, which Oliveira buried into the bottom left corner.

Bolton then had the ball in the net through Will Buckley, but the effort was disallowed for offside.

The possession was shared in the latter stages as most of Bolton’s attacks were dealt with by Reading, forming counter-attacks of their own.

As it seemed that time had ran out for Bolton however, Hobbs powered a header past Sam Walker to equalise in the 92nd minute.

Wanderers fans urged their team to attack, feeling they could even grab a winner, but it was not to be, and the referee blew his whistle on a gritty, cagey affair that couldn’t separate the two teams.

Bolton: Matthews, Taylor, Lowe, Donaldson, Ameobi, Noone (Buckley 67'), Hobbs, Olkowski (Magennis 79'), O’Neil, Wheater (C), Connell (Pritchard 72')

Reading: Martinez, Gunter (McCleary 61'), Yiadom, Moore (C), Bacuna, Swift (Blackett 83'), Aluko, Barrow, Miazga, Oliveira (Loader 90'), Rinomhota

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Ticket News

Free concessionary upgrades for Tuesday evening's Reading clash

28 January 2019

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of under 12, under 18, under 23, over 65 and over 75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Tuesday's clash with the Royals.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium.

No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture. 

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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